Is West Ham's Sam Byram good enough for the Premier League?

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The West Ham United defender continues to struggle in the top flight.

West Ham United's Sofiane Feghouli celebrates scoring their first goal with Sam Byram

West Ham United fans were left confused and worried in equal measure when the Hammers opted not to sign a new right-back in the January transfer window, piling the pressure on Sam Byram.

But the question needs to be asked: Is the former Leeds United defender good enough for top flight football? And if he is not, will he ever be?

Byram is not a teenager making his first uneasy steps in the first-team; he is a 23-year-old with 130 Championship appearances under his belt. But since moving to West Ham he has shown little to suggest he can be a long-term solution to a problem position at the London Stadium.

It would be easy to point to a player’s age and inexperience as factors in adapting to a step up, but this summer Byram will be 24 and if he does not prove his doubters wrong sooner rather than later he could be cast aside in favour of a better option.

West Ham's Sam Byram in action with Juventus' Roberto Pereyra

For now Byram is West Ham’s only real hope, at least if manager Slaven Bilic opts to pick players in their natural positions, which has not always been the case.

But with each shaky showing the concerns will only grow that the former Leeds man is simply not good enough for the Premier League.

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