Stuart Dallas comments on Sam Byram and Chris Wood

Sam Byram

Sam Byram recently left Leeds United for West Ham United.

Leeds United winger Stuart Dallas has told The Yorkshire Evening Post that Sam Byram’s departure has not had an effect on the players.

Byram, who can play as a right-back or as a right-winger, left Leeds for Premier League side West Ham United earlier this week.

The 22-year-old had been at the Whites since 2005 and was rated as one of the best young players in the Championship.

Dallas, who joined the West Yorkshire outfit from Championship rivals Brentford in the summer of 2015, has claimed that the Leeds players have moved on from Byram’s exit.

“I don’t think there’s been much of an effect,” the Northern Ireland international told The Yorkshire Evening Post when asked how the transfer has gone down with the Leeds players.

“Everyone wishes him well and he’s still regarded here as a close friend but I don’t think it’s had an effect. We move on, that’s part and parcel of football. Players come and go.”

Byram will be a miss for Leeds, but there is no point in thinking about his departure any more.

As Dallas suggests, the players and the fans now have to move on and start winning games without the English youngster.

Leeds will return to action on Saturday afternoon when they take on Bristol City at Elland Road.

New Zealand international striker Chris Wood is likely to make a comeback for the Championship game after recovering from a hamstring problem.

Dallas has welcomed the potential return of the 24-year-old former Leicester City striker and told The Yorkshire Evening Post: “Having Woody back is a bonus. He’s one of our main players.”

Leeds are 17th in the Championship table at the moment with 32 points from 27 matches, just eight points above the relegation zone.

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