Steve Evans gives update on Sam Byram's situation; hope for Leeds supporters?

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Steve Evans has spoken about Sam Byram's future at Leeds United.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has told BBC Radio Leeds that talks with Sam Byram are scheduled for Monday in the hope of keeping him at Elland Road.

The Whites lost 1-0 away at Queens Park Rangers today, with Charlie Austin's second half winner handing Neil Warnock all three points against his former employers.

The result was Leeds' second defeat in a row, and manager Evans will be disappointed that his side have failed to score in those two defeats.

Evans brought on winger Jordan Botaka in search of a goal, but the DR Congo international couldn't help Leeds get on level terms, whilst Sam Byram sat on the bench.

Confusion surrounds Byram's future at Elland Road, with his contract set to expire at the end of the season - and he has been left out of the team of late due to that contract situation and his recent poor form.

After the game, Evans stated that he wanted to bring on Botaka instead of Byram as he needed to inject some pace in to the final third, before tackling the subject of his contract.

Evans told BBC Radio Leeds that talks are planned with Byram and his representatives on Monday, giving hope to Leeds fans that the 22-year-old could stay - but the Scot added that he is far from the saviour of the football club.

"He's form wasn't good, as everyone knew, that's first and foremost" said Evans. "Today, Sam came back on to the bench with an option of maybe playing a part in the game today, but we wanted to bring Botaka on because we wanted to introduce width and pace, and that's why we brought him on."

"I'm trying so hard behind the scenes, I don't think people possibly see but I'm trying so hard behind the scenes with Sam, and getting the people from both sides around the table. I spoke to Sam at length on Friday morning about it, and he tells me there's going to be something getting done on Monday. I'm trying desperately hard to make that happen, but I can only take the horse to the water."

"Let's see where the talks go on Monday and Tuesday. I'm the one that's pushing him and see if we can get him back in. But if we're thinking Sam Byram is the saviour of Leeds United, we've got problems haven't we," he added.

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