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Nottingham Forest full-back target Sam Byram is better on the wing

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Nottingham Forest full-back target Sam Byram is better on the wing

Nottingham Forest look set to sign the West Ham star on loan.

It seems Nottingham Forest are set to land Sam Byram on a season-long loan deal from West Ham United. The former Leeds United star is set to leave the London Stadium after failing to settle at the club. New manager Manuel Pellegrini has informed him there is no place at the club for him and, according to The Sun, Forest will be his location.

They claim that Forest boss Aitor Karanka is after a new right-back and sees Byram as the potential option. With Eric Lichaj set to leave it is an area Forest are seemingly interested in improving and Byram has become the main target.

But whilst Forest may be targeting Byram as a right-back the truth is the 24-year-old is better further forward.

 

Forgetting his West Ham career, where nothing went right after his £3.7 million January 2016 switch, he has always been better when playing higher up the pitch.

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In 2015 he was thriving for Leeds as a right-sided midfielder. In fact, on occasions, he was operating more as an attacking midfielder and was a huge goal and assist threat. People were suggesting that Byram would eventually progress into a powerful midfielder, rather than a full-back.

In recent times injuries may have hindered Byram and, perhaps, full-back will suit him even better now. But his defensive skills have often been called into question, so it will be interesting to see whether Byram can in fact still operate as a successful defensive option.

But if Forest are looking for a right-back, in Byram they might find much more or indeed simply not what they are looking for.

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

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