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Does Steve Evans’ tactical change offer Sam Byram one last chance at Leeds?

Sam Byram looks to be at the end of his career at Leeds United.

Byram has looked far below his best this season, whilst the situation concerning his contract and future at Leeds United remain unsolved.

Steve Evans told BBC Leeds last week that Byram had rejected the latest contract offer put towards him as the young right-back wants to be playing every week, knowing that he is a long-term fixture at Elland Road.

However, his form has not warranted a playing role this season, neither at right-back, nor on the right side of midfield when Evans was playing a 4-4-2 system.

He has started just 10 of 19 games, as Gaetano Berardi has established himself as the best right-back in the squad, whilst Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook have been utilised on the right of midfield due to the need to provide balance in the middle third of the pitch.

However, Evans has now changed to a 4-1-4-1 formation, which uses natural wingers, and Byram could have one last chance to impress the head coach - playing on the wing.

Berardi and Byram can be named in the same starting XI, with the young Englishman in the attacking role.

He has a good cross on him, and currently Evans cannot name a natural right sided winger who can consistently put the ball in the box. Stuart Dallas is established on the left-wing, but there is no right-sided option, and Byram looks the best choice in the squad.

Byram is the only natural option to select, and whilst his recent weeks at Elland Road have found him struggling for game time, Evans’ tactical change could be the perfect last chance for the 22-year-old to establish himself back in the Leeds starting XI.

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