Sam Byram played for Leeds United’s Under-21s against Nottingham Forest.
Hart said: “I think he did alright. All the players need that time on the pitch, so it’s beneficial for him.”
Byram’s future is still under threat at Elland Road, with his contract expiring at the end of this season, and no indications that a new deal is ready to be signed.
The full-back has struggled in the first-team this season, and has recently been kept out of the starting XI by Scott Wootton, with many believing that it is a way to force him to sign a new deal.
With his lack of first-team football, Byram was dropped to the Under-21 squad for the game against Forest, and he was part of the side who lost 2-0 on Monday afternoon.
Hart has admitted he was pleased with Byram’s performance in the defeat, and his comments about needing time on the pitch suggest that Byram was dropped to the development squad merely to keep up his fitness and match sharpness.
However, doubts will continue to remain about the 22-year-old’s future until either a new contract is signed, or he leaves, and his lack of playing time in the first-team certainly makes it look as if the second occurrence is more likely.