Sam Byram has great opportunity to secure the permanent right-back spot at West Ham

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The recent signing is now West Ham United's only fully fit right-back.

When Sam Byram first swapped Leeds United for West Ham United it seemed the young right-back would have a real fight on his hands to get any significant playing time this season.

With Carl Jenkinson and James Tomkins also on the club’s books the youngster seemed a signing more for the future than one to have an immediate impact.

But in just a few short weeks things have changed dramatically, with Arsenal loanee Jenkinson ruled out for the season and Tomkins set to miss the next five weeks.

That could leave Byram with a relatively clear run to become West Ham’s undisputed number one right-back heading into the next campaign.

Of course Joey O’Brien will have something to say about that, but Byram shone at Leeds and if he can replicate his best form there is every chance he can convince his manager Slaven Bilic he is ready for the first-team now, not some time down the line.

The 22-year-old has already featured twice for the Hammers and with O’Brien a doubt for the weekend clash against Norwich, the January addition will not have a better chance of laying down a big marker not just for this season but for the campaigns to come.

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