Sam Byram leaving Leeds United for Everton: Three questions

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Sam Byram is leaving Leeds United for Everton.

Sam Byram is heading for Everton after Leeds United accepted a bid, The Express have reported.

The 22-year-old's contract had been running down and set to expire in the summer, forcing the Championship club's hand to sell.

Here are three questions affecting both clubs and player in light of the deal...

Can Byram cut it in the Premier League and in what position?

Everton already have one outstanding right-back in Seamus Coleman, and Sam Byram has his work cut out to become the club's first choice. He failed to dislodge Gaetano Berardi at Leeds under successive managers, with Scott Wootton preferred at times. In recent weeks he has been playing on the wing, where he may find it easier to adjust to the pace of the Premier League at the start where he will be under less pressure and less worried about making mistakes.

Do Leeds United already have the players to replace Byram?

At right-back Leeds are already pretty settled, with the aforementioned Berardi and Wootton able to fill in, but perhaps the most exciting option is youngster Lewie Coyle, who has captained the under-21s and made his debut recently. On the wing Byram has been more useful, but loanee Mustapha Carayol can be at stop gap there at least until the end of the season, and there should be hope that summer signing Jordan Botaka can step up.

Will Leeds repeat this mistake with Lewis Cook et al?

Leeds have well and truly messed this one up, simply to let Byram's contract situation get this far. Even if they wanted to sell him, had he been under contract, they would not have been forced to accept a knock-down bid. The big worry is owner Massimo Cellino will make the same mistake with Lewis Cook, Charlie Taylor and Alex Mowatt, who naturally will all be watching to see how their former academy pal Byram gets on in the Premier League.

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