Sam Byram outlines main difference between life in the Championship and at West Ham

West Ham's Sam Byram clutches his leg

The former Leeds United man is aiming to secure a first-team spot at the Hammers.

West Ham's Sam Byram clutches his leg

West Ham United man Sam Byram has told the club's official website that the main difference he has found between life in the Championship with Leeds United and being at a Premier League club is the pace of attacking players.

Byram joined the Hammers from Leeds in January on a four-and-a-half-year deal and made four league appearances in the second half of last season.

He is currently on tour with the London club in the USA, and started the friendly against MLS side Seattle Sounders last week as he looks to further impress manager Slaven Bilic.

Leeds United's Sam Byram

Though he struggled to establish himself as a regular in Bilic's side last term, the former Whites man is aiming to become the club's first choice at right-back this term as he heads into his first full season in the top flight.

The 22-year-old revealed that the main difference he has found between the Championship and the Premier League is dealing with the pace of opposition attackers.

Byram told the Hammers website: "The main difference [between the Championship and Premier League] was the pace of the attackers, which I noticed straight away. When I played against teams previously, they weren’t as quick in transition from defence to attack.

West Ham's Sam Byram and Manchester City's Kevin De Bruyne in action

"Even in training it’s a lot sharper so it takes a while to adjust but that only makes you better as a player, playing against them and training with them, so I think I’ve improved since I’ve been at West Ham.

"I believe I’m good enough to play in the Premier League, but when you’re at a big club like West Ham there is going to be competition. Michail Antonio did fantastic at the end of last season. I’ll just try to impress and hopefully I’ll be in the manager’s plans. For me, at the minute the focus is to make a solid place in the West Ham team and do the best I can."

Whilst Antonio excelled at right-back in the final weeks of last term, the former Nottingham Forest man is primarily a right winger, and with loanee Carl Jenkinson having returned to Arsenal, Byram will be hoping that he can be the man to become a regular fixture on the right side of defence at the Olympic Stadium this season.

West Ham's Sam Byram receives instructions


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