Sol Bamba reacts to Byram performance, explains why youngster has been struggling

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The Leeds captain has been discussing the 22-year-old.

Leeds United skipper Sol Bamba feels Sam Byram deserves full credit for a much-improved performance at Fulham on Wednesday night, according to BBC Radio Leeds.

The Whites only drew 1-1 at Fulham but many feel it was United's best performance of the Championship campaign to date. Byram was one of a number of Leeds players who seemed to have been lifted by new boss Steve Evans' forthright approach.

And the skipper feels the youngster is now working off the confidence instilled in him by Evans, after a below-par start to Byram's season - one the Ivorian also tried to explain...

Bamba told BBC Radio Leeds: "It's difficult for the young players. The second season is always the most difficult one.

"I think Sam Byram in particular deserves all the credit for his performance today. The manager said he wants confidence from him and from everyone. That's what football is all about: confidence."

It's been a tough old season for Byram and, despite the ongoing rollercoaster at Leeds United, the 22-year-old can claim to have experienced more ups and downs than most so far this term.

Indeed, a failure to so far sign a new contract with the Yorkshire club has led to owner Massimo Cellino publicly slamming Byram in a Sky Sports interview.

The youngster's form has also dipped but he emulated Lewis Cook in bouncing back during Steve Evans' first game in charge.

As Bamba says, meanwhile, the second season is often the toughest for a youngster that breaks into the first team at a big club, performing exceptionally well during their debut campaign as a regular. Just look at Harry Kane with Tottenham.

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