I was delighted when we signed Sam Byram from Leeds United just over a year ago.
I know a fair few of their fans and they couldn’t stop talking about just how good this kid was going to be. Going forward he is very exciting and, given time, I think he could replicate the success Aaron Cresswell has had on the left side.
His debut against Manchester City in a thrilling 2-2 draw was promising, and it seemed then as if he was a bargain and would slot straight in. Aft er that game, however, Byram only managed to make three more appearances that season.
So where has it gone wrong? Has Slaven Bilic not given him enough chances, or is there an issue with the player we don’t know about? Aft er his impressive start you do tend to notice his weaknesses.
He’s a player that oft en gets caught out of position, prone to a poor pass or two, and his decision-making requires work. However, I still believe he has a big future at the club. His weaknesses come from lack of experience and Bilic is right to have limited his appearances. I’m sure he will play him more when he is ready and stronger defensively.