Steve Evans speaks about Sam Byram inclusion; says he would sub him inside 10 minutes if he is not focused

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The Leeds United boss recalled Sam Byram for his latest match in charge.

Leeds United manager Steve Evans has been speaking to LUTV about the inclusion of Sam Byram in his starting line-up for the match against Wolverhampton Wanderers.

The 22-year-old has barely featured for Leeds in recent times with a big question mark hanging over his long-term future at the club.

Byram’s current contract expires in the summer and with no sign of a new one being agreed, Evans has opted to pick players who are fully committed to the club moving forward.

However, after 16 minutes against Hull City and a one-minute cameo against Charlton Athletic at the weekend, Byram was recalled to the starting line-up against Wolves and Evans was quick to explain why.

“I thought his performances have gone up a level and when they go up a level it’s no surprise that Steve Evans picks him,” the Leeds manager said.

He then repeated the phrase, “Steve Evans picks him,” potentially an attempt to end any rumours that he is not the only one calling the shots at Elland Road when it comes to team selections.

As if to back up his assertion that he is very much in control, Evans than gave a succinct answer when asked if Byram would be fully focused on the match.

“If his mind-set’s wrong I’ll take him off in 10 minutes won’t I?” Evans said. “I have to be brave. Some would say am I brave playing him? No because it’s the right choice.”

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