Sam Byram voted Leeds United's second best player in September; but is there more to it?

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The Leeds United supporters have had their say on their best performing players last month.

As reported by the club’s official website, Leeds United fans have voted for their Player of the Month for September, and unsurprisingly left-back Charlie Taylor came out on top after a string of brilliant performances for Uwe Rosler’s side.

But perhaps more interesting was the player who came second in the vote – especially when you consider he has been on the bench for the last two matches.

Sam Byram featured regularly for Leeds at the start of the season only to be benched against Middlesbrough and Birmingham City, and while his performances have come under the spotlight following a contract saga that shows no sign of ending, Leeds’ fans clearly feel the 22-year-old has still been performing on the pitch...or do they?

There is no question Byram's form has dipped this season, so there is always the chance that this is more of a protest vote against owner Massimo Cellino and his stance regarding a potential new contract for the player. But there is no proof of that and with Gaetano Berardi's form at right-back, along with the new wingers brought in this summer, the youngster must earn his starting spot back with better performances.

Taylor was always going to win the award as he has unquestionably been Leeds’ standout player this season, but for Byram to come second speaks volumes; especially when you consider Leeds Supporters' Trust chairman Michael Green recently told BBC Radio Leeds that Byram, at 75 per cent of his game, is better than any player the club have signed for two years.

It remains to be seen what the future holds for a player who is coming towards the end of his current deal at Elland Road, but it is likely to be an interesting few months for Byram and his manager.

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