Some Leeds United supporters have given their thoughts regarding the 22-year-old's situation at Elland Road.
Earlier this week the chairman of the Leeds United Supporters’ Trust, Michael Green, spoke honestly and openly about his feelings regarding Sam Byram’s contract situation and the criticism that has been directed towards the player.
The 22-year-old is in the final year of his current deal and looks no closer to agreeing a new one, which has prompted much debate both within the club and from Leeds’ supporters.
Leeds owner Massimo Cellino recently went on record in an interview with BBC Radio Leeds to give more of his thoughts on Byram’s situation, but what do the fans think?
Green’s comments – in another interview with BBC Radio Leeds – made plenty of sense, with the Supporters’ Trust chairman suggesting the criticism that has been levelled at Byram is unjustified and that the youngster is in fact better than any player Leeds have signed in the last two years.
Those comments got plenty of Leeds fans talking and leaving comments on HITC Sport this week and below you can find a selection of the best:
DannyboyWhite said: ‘Byram should be our first choice right-back now wide players have signed. Simple as that! Whoever signs him will be paying millions for a right-back! If we switch him there now it would be like signing a multi-million-pound right back. It's a complete no brainer!!’
Whiteknight said: ‘We will never move forward as a club if we continue to sell our best players season in season out; the last 12 years is proof enough that this strategy does not work and will not work. Real investment is what is needed which is what we have been crying out for through Bates, GFH and now Massimo. It is all about better times tomorrow but as we all know tomorrow is a long time coming.’
David Gillespie said: ‘He was offered new contract but he wants to leave. Cellino in his favour has not sold any of his young players. He is basically gone through with dropping him; because of that he is throwing his toys out the pram.’
Muz said: ‘He wanted to stay but didn't want to take a pay cut so I can't see anything wrong with that. He hasn't thrown his toys out of the pram, in fact he's behaved admirably i.e stayed quiet and conducted his business in private unlike Cellino who's acted disgracefully in this instance. If Cellino thinks he's not worth the money he's on then fine, let him leave and earn in at a club that are prepared to pay his wages, but don't then say it's because he thinks he's bigger than the club if he hasn't said anything of the sort.’
David Lockwood said: ‘Cellino needs to seriously think value for money with Byram and get him back on board on decent wages for at least 12 months. If he wants to leave though, let him go, but not on a freebie!’
Bruce said: ‘Byram is young, talented, gifted and will only get better and better. When building a team WHY, WHY, WHY would you want to let such clear, brilliant potential walk away. Cellino should be paying the lad accordingly and bending over backwards to keep him. Rosler needs to put his foot down. It's true the lad has been playing out of position. Put him where he plays to his true potential and for crying out loud put a stop to this unsettling fiasco.’