Leeds United Supporters' Trust chairman gives sensible assessment of Sam Byram situation

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The Leeds United youngster's future is unclear, but one man argues he is simply too good to ignore while he is there.

The new Leeds United Supporters’ Trust chairman Michael Green has been speaking to BBC Radio Leeds about Uwe Rosler’s side.

Leeds have had a hit-and-miss start to the new season, going six Championship matches undefeated before losing against Ipswich Town and, more recently, Middlesbrough.

Leeds are currently 14th in the table but there are plenty of positives to be taken from their form under Rosler and the club’s fans will surely be hoping the former Brentford boss is given time to get this club where it has the potential to be.

One player who may not be at Elland Road too much longer is Sam Byram, with the right-back-cum-winger’s current contract expiring next summer.

In a recent interview with Sky Sports, Leeds owner Massimo Cellino suggested that Byram thought he was too big for the club and had refused to sign a new deal, and that has prompted some Leeds fans to suggest the club are better off without him.

But now Green has had his say and his comments are both interesting and astute.

“I have my feelings on the Sam Byram situation; they’re very clear,” Green told the BBC. “It’s interesting that the perception has been that Sam Byram is playing not to his potential and yet somehow he managed to get the highest stats for chances created at Leeds United

“I am pretty sure that Sam Byram has played more matches for Leeds United than anybody else on the books, so in that context it occurs to me that Sam Byram at 75 per cent of his game is better than any player I can think of that we’ve signed in the last two years.”

Green went on to suggest that it was inconceivable to think Leeds as a team are better off when Byram is not in the squad, and it will be interesting to see how this one plays out, especially when you consider the recent additions in wide areas at the club.

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