Sam Byram hails West Ham’s amazing fans after debut appearance

Sam Byram

The young defender was handed his debut against Manchester City on Saturday.

Speaking to the club’s official website, West Ham United defender Sam Byram said the fans were amazing during his debut against Manchester City.

The young defender completed a move from Leeds United last week and was expecting to have to wait some time before making his debut for the Hammers.

Instead manager Slaven Bilic threw him in at the deep end against Manchester City on Saturday evening, as he came on to replace Carl Jenkinson after just 13 minutes.

He received a warm welcome from the Upton Park faithful, and he says they were amazing to him during his first outing in a West Ham shirt.

“When I walked out of the tunnel and saw the bubbles in the air and saw a full house with the fans cheering, it was great,” he told

“The crowd was unbelievable. Whenever I got the ball and tried to do something, I got a cheer off them and it really does help when you’re making the step up to this level.

“Hopefully I’ve given the manager something to think about. That’s what I’ve tried to do since I came in. I’m just trying to get my head down and work hard and do my best for the team.”

Byram will now be hoping he can work at making the right-back spot his own in the near future.

Jenkinson is only on loan at the club from Arsenal until the end of the season, and so far there has been no indication that move will be made permanent.

That means the position is more than up for grabs and further impressive performances like the one Byram put in today could make it his in the second half of the campaign and beyond.

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