Leeds boss explains what Cellino told him about Byram before Wolves game

Everton and Sunderland-linked Sam Byram was on target for Leeds United against Wolverhampton Wanderers in the Championship on Thursday evening.

Leeds United head coach Steve Evans has revealed to Sky Sports what club owner Massimo Cellino told him about Sam Byram before Thursday evening’s game against Wolverhampton Wanderers at Molineux.

Byram, who has struggled with poor form this season, started the Championship game and played an important role in the 3-2 win.

The 22-year-old, who can play as a right-back or as a right-winger, took four shots, scored twice, had a pass accuracy of 80%, created two chances, put in one cross, attempted three dribbles, won 71% of his tackles and 60% of his headers, and made seven clearances and two blocks.

Evans has made it clear that he wants Byram to remain at Leeds and has revealed what Cellino told him about the youngster before the game.

“I want Sam to be at Leeds United more than anything,” the Scot told Sky Sports. “That is an issue for the boardroom and I am glad he has got a couple of goals tonight. He has played really well and everyone in the dressing room is really pleased for him.

“When I told the owner (Massimo Cellino) the team at tea-time today he actually messaged me back and said he hopes Sam Byram gets two goals and is the man of the match.”

Byram has been at Leeds his entire professional career so far, but he has been linked with a move away from Elland Road in recent weeks.

According to a report in The Mirror earlier this month, Premier League duo Everton and Sunderland both are interested in the youngster.

Based on his performance against Wolves, it would be best for Leeds if Byram remains at Elland Road.

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