Leeds United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are very much hoping that their team can bring quality additions to the club this summer in a bid to sustain a promotion push in the Championship next time round.
The Yorkshire heavyweights were well placed for a return to the Premier League back in November after a fine start to the 2017/18 season, but things went wrong in the succeeding months, eventually resulting in Thomas Christiansen’s sacking. Barnsley boss Paul Heckingbottom was then appointed as his successor, although he was unable to inspire a promotion bid with the Whites ending up 15 points adrift of the top six in 13th place come the end of the campaign.
As such, there are many expectant Leeds fans in the Tavern at present, many of whom are likely to be intrigued by recent reports suggesting that Sam Byram could be let go by West Ham this summer.
And the £4.05 million-rated Premier League flop (as per Transfermarkt) should seek to reignite his career by re-signing for Leeds this summer.
Ultimately, things just haven’t worked for the 24-year-old since his move to East London back in 2016, with Byram mustering just 36 appearances for the Hammers since then, just 26 of which have been starts.
The former Leeds man was drafted in as the club’s next long-term right back given West Ham’s problems in that department, but he has so far failed to live up to expectation, to the point that they landed experienced Pablo Zabaleta last summer to fill that gap.
Thus, with his West Ham career seemingly at an end, Byram could well be let go this summer, and a return to Leeds, where he without doubt enjoyed the best football of his career, could serve all parties very well indeed.
The 24-year-old enjoyed a fine spell at Elland Road in making 143 appearances between 2012 and 2016, in which time the versatile star scored ten goals and laid on 22 assists.
Significantly, Byram proved his adeptness at playing anywhere down the right flank during his time at the Yorkshire outfit, with the 24-year-old used just as often as a right midfielder or winger as he was a right back.
And with Leeds reasonably well catered for in the right back department, what with Luke Ayling and Gaetano Berardi doing well over the course of the campaign, he’d obviously add to those ranks, but would likely be utilised further forward in a bid to really get the best out of him.
Thus, after a testing spell at West Ham, Byram may seek somewhere familiar and where he enjoyed some of his best football in a bid to resurrect his career – Leeds is the ideal destination.
And with the 24-year-old still young and with plenty to prove, it’s a deal this summer which could be in the best interests of all parties involved.
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