Sam Byram says he played too long as a winger for Leeds

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The West Ham United youngster has been reflecting on his time at Leeds United.

West Ham United right-back Sam Byram has been speaking to London 24 about his time spent on the wing for former club Leeds United.

The youngster was known predominantly as a full-back at Elland Road; however he spent the second half of last season in a more advanced position and played there again in the months prior to his Leeds exit.

When asked which position he prefers, Byram told London 24, “I was asked the question a lot at Leeds. At the time we didn’t have many wingers and I like to get forward from full-back so they naturally just stuck me there to do a job.

“I played there a bit longer than I would have liked to but for my career I can bring a lot more to the table from full-back and I can progress better as a full-back.”

That may be true, but Byram could struggle to get straight back into West Ham’s starting line-up after Michail Antonio shone in that position in the recent FA Cup fifth round clash against Blackburn Rovers.

Byram was cup-tied for that match so he had to watch as the summer signing continually tore forward over with devastating effect.

That is something Byram once did effectively for Leeds and it is now up to him to start doing it at the Hammers as he fights the likes of Antonio and James Tomkins for a starting spot.

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