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Bitter irony for Sam Byram as he would be perfect for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United

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Bitter irony for Sam Byram as he would be perfect for Marcelo Bielsa’s Leeds United

The former Leeds winger would suit Bielsa’s style perfectly.

West Ham United are trying to offload Sam Byram this summer. The 24-year-old has been told he can leave by new manager Manuel Pellegrini, with Nottingham Forest lurking. It is quite a fall from grace for the utility player, who had the choice of West Ham or Everton when he left Leeds United. In the end, he joined the Hammers in January 2016 for a fee in the region of £3.7 million.

He has since played just 36 times with injury and form decimating the promise of a player once favourably compared to Gareth Bale.

The bitter irony in all of this is that right now Byram would love to be back at Leeds. The West Yorkshire side are now managed by Marcelo Bielsa. The Argentine would have been the perfect manager for Byram’s style of play.

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With it looking likely that Leeds will play with wing-backs next season Byram would have fitted in just fine under Bielsa at Elland Road.

 

Marauding down the right with pace and gumption, Leeds fans would have enjoyed Byram in that system as well.

But he left the club under a cloud. He had just six months left on his deal after negotiations between his agent and former chairman Massimo Cellino collapsed. With Leeds constantly changing managers and Cellino making the wrong headlines, Byram was right to call it a day.

But, two-and-half years later, he will surely look at Leeds and realise he could have been a star for the club this season.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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