Could another position switch at Leeds rescue Sam Byram's season?

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Could Sam Byram fill in at centre-back for Leeds United?

Sam Byram could see himself on the outside looking in for Leeds United over the coming months, for on and off field reasons.

His expiring contract situation continues to cause worry among fans, while he could soon become second choice in his two preferred positions.

At right-back he has lost his place to Gaetano Berardi, whose consistent performances have seen him rewarded with a contract extension.

On the wing, Jordan Botaka looked lively in the defeat to Middlesbrough, while new loan signing Will Buckley also adds competition for his place.

Yet there is a third position where Leeds performed terribly at the weekend, where Byram could be used to provide competition, at centre-back.

This season Leeds have been rotating Giuseppe Bellusci and Liam Cooper alongside Sol Bamba, having elected not to sign another option on loan as competition.

Bellusci and Bamba were both individually responsible for goals, and could benefit from added pressure for their places.

Byram has the height required to play at centre-half, and is now more mature as a player than when he played there briefly as an experiment as a teenager.

He would have to curb the attacking instincts he has recently learned on the wing, but Byram is well used to playing as part of a back four. This would by no means be a permanent solution, but in terms of helping Leeds in the here and now, it could become a viable scenario over the coming months.

With chances suddenly limited down the right hand side, and centre-backs showing their worst traits at the weekend, this 'third role' for Sam Byram could become an unlikely route back to first team action, should Uwe Rosler want to shake up his options.

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