Andy Couzens questions whether Sam Byram has played his way out of a Premier League transfer

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Leeds United youngster Byram is expected to leave Elland Road in January.

Sam Byram’s future at Elland Road is still up in the air, but former player Andy Couzens admitted to Radio Yorkshire that he doubts the 22-year-old would now be worthy of a transfer to the Premier League.

Couzens said: “Is he going to get more [money] elsewhere? That’s debatable. Is he going to go to the Premier League? Again, that is debatable, because of his performances this year.”

Despite being rated as one of the best young players in the Football League, Byram’s performances in the last year have not been deserving of that reputation.

This season, especially, Byram has been very poor, struggling to replicate any sense of good form, and being dropped down to the Under-21 side once.

Whether this form is down to his ongoing contract situation is unknown, but it is clear that there is something going on in the background which is preventing him from signing a new deal.

As his contract expires at the end of this season, there is a belief that Byram will be sold in January to ensure Leeds make a profit on him, but his form lowers the chance that a Premier League side will be in for him.

The Mirror reported earlier this year that Newcastle, Everton, West Ham and Aston Villa have all been eyeing up Byram ahead of the January transfer window.

Due to his reputation, this is no surprise, but having watched him this season, it is unlikely many teams would still want him in January.

Couzens certainly doubts the top flight teams will still want him, and he also does not believe that Byram would earn any more money away from Elland Road.

If the young full-back is not in the sights of any Premier League teams when the transfer window opens, he may have no choice but to sign a new deal with the Yorkshire club.

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