Should Sam Byram regret leaving Leeds United to join West Ham?

West Ham United's English defender Sam Byram (L) vies with Brighton's Cameroonian defender Gaetan Bong during the English Premier League football match between Brighton and Hove Albion and...

The right-back has suffered a multitude of injuries at West Ham since his move south.

Sam Byram of West Ham United during the Emirates FA Cup Third Round Replay match between West Ham United and Shrewsbury Town at London Stadium on January 16, 2018 in London, England.

West Ham United defender Sam Byram has suffered another injury in claret and blue and is reportedly set to miss the rest of the season, but he was hardly injury prone at Leeds United before his move to London.

The 24-year-old had only just recovered from a long-term hamstring injury before suffering the shattering injury blow, as his time on the sidelines at West Ham begin to outweigh his time on the pitch.

But there were no signs of proneness to injury when breaking through the academy setup at Thorp Arch before becoming an established member of the first team, alongside fellow graduates Charlie Taylor, Alex Mowatt and Lewis Cook.

Sam Byram of West Ham United in action during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Crystal Palace at London Stadium on January 30, 2018 in London, England.

Inconsistent game time is sometimes the cause for muscle injuries and that could be the case for Byram, as he continues to play a bit-part role at West Ham with Pablo Zabaleta considered first choice on the right side of defence.

Moving to West Ham in January 2016, Byram has managed just 36 appearances in all competitions for the east Londoners as he has remained on the fringes since his £3.7million transfer to the London Stadium.

Surely, if he had remained first choice like he had done at Elland Road, Byram would have remained injury free for the majority of the time instead of having to fight for his fitness with game time few and far between.

Sam Byram of Leeds United celebrates his goal during the Sky Bet Championship match between Nottingham Forest and Leeds United on December 27, 2015 in Nottingham, United Kingdom.

With fans becoming increasingly frustrated with his constant injuries, it remains to be seen how much longer Byram will remain at West Ham. His contract remains until the summer of 2020, reportedly worth £25,000 a week.

Could the England youth international be regretting his move to the Premier League, then, instead of making a name for himself at Leeds where being one of the first names on the teamsheet may have helped with his injury woes?

 

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