Sam Byram shines for Leeds against Fulham but still has work to do

Elland Road East Stand

The Leeds United right-back had a solid game having been recalled to the starting line-up.

Despite starting the season as a regular in Leeds United’s starting line-up Sam Byram has been used sparingly in recent weeks, named on the bench for what proved to be Uwe Rosler’s last three matches in charge at Elland Road.

But with Steve Evans now at the helm, Byram was back in the starting XI and his performance suggested he was desperate to prove his critics wrong.

The 22-year-old has featured predominantly as a right winger in recent times but he was back in his more familiar position of full-back and on this evidence that is where he should stay.

  Pass AccuracyDribblesInterceptions WonDuels WonDispossessedBall RecoveriesTackles WonEffective ClearancesMins Played
Sam Byram 75% 2 1 4 1 5 0 0 90

That is not to say there is not work to do, with Byram failing to win any tackles and not making any clearances during the match, while he managed only one interception during the encounter.

However, statistics only tell half the story because Byram looked back to his best, clearly enjoying being out on the field after Evans put his faith in him.

With a 75 per cent passing accuracy, five ball recoveries and only one dispossession all game there were plenty of impressive numbers to boot, but when he ultimately gets everything right the Leeds youngster could become the complete package.

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