Uwe Rosler confirms Sam Byram is going back to full-back, but benched for now

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The young star has been playing on the wing in 2015.

Leeds United’s Sam Byram has been making headlines this season, but not necessarily for the right reasons.

The youngster has been criticised for his poor performances this term and Massimo Cellino openly questioned his commitment to the club when revealing he had refused to sign a new deal at Elland Road.

Now he has been dropped to the bench.

Speaking in his weekly press conference Uwe Rosler confirmed that Byram would not start against Birmingham City this weekend. He also went on to make it clear where he views the player going forward. Rosler said, as reported by the Yorkshire Evening Post:

"At the moment Gaetano [Berardi] is my number one right back. That can change, but at the moment that's where it is.

“He has to compete for the right back slot against Berardi. He has to work very hard to do that.

"We have now three natural wide players for two positions plus we have Sam Byram. I see Sam long term as a full back."

Byram has been playing in the right midfield role for a while now. Leeds struggled without width last season so Neil Redfearn moved him and fellow full-back Charlie Taylor onto the wings. Byram remained in that position at the start of this season but with Jordan Botaka and Will Buckley now at the club he is set to return to a full-back role.

With Berardi in top form Byram, whose contract runs out at the end of the season, faces an uphill challenge getting back into the Leeds starting XI.

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