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Sam Byram was simply sensational against Wolves; so much more than a goal-scorer

The Leeds United wide man shone on his return to the starting line-up.

If Sam Byram was hoping to make a statement on his return to Leeds United’s starting line-up, this was how to do it, with the 22-year-old scoring a brace in a 3-2 victory against Wolverhampton Wanderers on Thursday evening.

Stuart Dallas may have netted his first strike for the club but it was Byram who took the plaudits after goals in the 44th and 60th minutes set his side on their way to a vital victory that lifted them up to 14th in the Championship table.

But Byram’s brace was only part of the story, and the player formerly relegated to a bit-part role was simply sensational from start to finish.

  Passing AccuracyGoalsKey PassesOn-target Shooting AccuracyDribblesDuels WonDispossessedTackle AccuracyMins Played
Sam Byram 80% 2 2 50% 3 13 1 83% 90

As well as his two goals, the Leeds youngster had a passing accuracy of 80 per cent and a tackle accuracy of 83 per cent, while he won an incredible 13 duels during the contest, emphatically making his mark on the match as well as the score-line.

Byram also played two key passes to set up goal-scoring chances for a teammate and he was dispossessed just once all evening.

In short, Byram was vital and whatever his contract situation may be Leeds need him in their starting line-up, because even when he is not scoring goals, he is consistently influential and far too good to ignore.

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