Leeds United head coach Uwe Rosler has made it clear that Sam Byram is not guaranteed a place in the starting lineup.
Byram is one of the best and most promising young players in the Championship and has been at Leeds his entire professional career so far.
The 22-year-old is a versatile footballer who can play as a right-back or as a right-winger.
The English youngster’s best position is at right-back, but at the moment he is struggling to play there.
Gaetano Berardi is the first-choice right-back for Leeds at the moment, and head coach Rosler has stated that Byram is going to have to fight for his place.
"At the moment Gaetano (Berardi) is my number one right-back,” The Yorkshire Evening Post quotes the German as saying. "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.”
Rosler’s comments may seem harsh, but the Leeds head coach’s stance is certainly great for the development of Byram.
As good as Byram is, he still has room for improvement and can develop his game further and take it to the next level.
Rosler's stance makes it clear that the youngster cannot become complacent and will have to give his all during training sessions.
Fighting to return to the starting lineup is going to make Byram a better player, and he is going to enjoy it even more when he gets his place back.