Has Uwe Rosler dropped biggest hint yet that he sees Sam Byram as a right-back?

Uwe Rosler

The German has brought in two new wingers recently.

This afternoon Leeds United were defeated 3-0 in a comfortable manner by Championship title hopefuls Middlesbrough.

One interesting selection decision from Leeds boss Uwe Rosler saw Sam Byram dropped to the bench. The young star was in the news this week after Massimo Cellino criticised him for not signing a new deal with the club and he has also been in mixed form so far this season.

Jordan Botaka made his debut in place of Byram who, in fairness, has been playing out of position in a right-midfield role rather than his favoured full-back slot.

Going forward however it would seem that Rosler has plans to play Byram – who did not come off the bench this afternoon – back in his defensive position.

He told the Yorkshire Evening Post earlier this week:

“We worked for a while on Will [Buckley]. Finally we got him

“It was no secret that we tried to improve in wide areas. There was a lack of natural wide players in the squad. Sam Byram has had to help out."

That certainly seems to signal that he sees Byram as a right-back filling in for shortages rather than a genuine wing option.

With Will Buckley arriving this week and Botaka getting to full fitness Byram’s chances of football on the right-wing appear to be diminishing. Meanwhile Gaetano Berardi has not warranted dropping at right-back.

Byram therefore certainly has a job on getting back into the Leeds XI.

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