Leeds teenage talent has a theory why Byram left for West Ham

Sam Byram

Sam Byram left Leeds United for West Ham United in the January transfer window.

Leeds United midfielder Lewis Cook has told The Sun that he understands why Sam Byram left the club for West Ham United.

Byram, who can play as a right-back or as a right-winger, left Championship outfit Leeds for Premier League side West Ham in the January transfer window.

Cook, who is 19 years of age and is considered as one of the most promising young players in the Championship, has given his opinion on Byram’s departure.

The England Under-19 international has made it clear that he understands why the 22-year-old made the move from Leeds to West Ham.

Cook has also claimed that he is happy at Elland Road at the moment.

“I’m a Leeds player and just try to focus on Leeds,” the youngster told The Sun. “I love playing for Leeds and it’s good to go to the international break soon and hopefully represent England.

“Sam’s a great lad and a great player as well so he’s hugely missed at Leeds. But I feel for his development he needed to be in the Premier League. I’m playing most weeks so it’s good for me to be getting the experience I need.”

Cook has scored one goal and created 34 chances in 33 Championship appearances for Leeds so far this season.

The young midfielder has a pass accuracy of 80% and a shot accuracy of 27%, and has won 21 headers, 39 dribbles and 53 tackles.

Meanwhile, Byram has created two chances in four Premier League matches for West Ham. The right-back has a pass accuracy of 74%, and has won three headers and four tackles.

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