Newly-appointed Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that he has already seen a 'massive difference' from Sam Byram, and also noted improvement from Tom Adeyemi.
Evans came in as Leeds manager on Monday after a shock turn of events at Elland Road, with Uwe Rosler losing his job after just five months as Whites boss.
The German left his role on Monday morning following a 2-1 home defeat to Brighton and Hove Albion, meaning he left the club with just two Championship wins to his name.
Just hours after his exit, former Rotherham United boss Steve Evans arrived in the hot seat, becoming the latest manager to take his chances and attempt to succeed under controversial owner Massimo Cellino.
Evans was introduced to the press on Tuesday, and surprisingly told BBC Radio Leeds that he has already seen improvements from Sam Byram and Tom Adeyemi.
"I've seen a massive difference from Monday to today in young Sam Byram," said Evans. "He was playing within himself. The boy Adeyemi was never getting forward, was playing within himself."
"We finished the session with the staff retained from a couple of days ago, and they've come in and said we've seen some things from the players that we haven't seen recently. Now, that doesn't mean that they haven't been doing it before, but they haven't been doing it recently," he added.
Byram has found himself out of the side in recent weeks due to a loss of form and confusion over his future, with his contract set to expire this season. Given his ability to play at right back or on the right of midfield, Byram could be a valuable asset to Evans, and it wouldn't be a surprise to see him included in the side against Fulham this evening.
Meanwhile, midfielder Adeyemi - a player who Rosler signed having worked with him at Brentford - has often been solid if unspectacular so far this season, but has the athletic traits to dominate in midfield, defensively and in the final third too. If Evans can now get a little bit more out of Adeyemi, his future could still lie at Elland Road, even though he is only on loan from Cardiff City.