Sam Byram has been a shining light in what’s turned out to be a very disappointing season for Forest. His loan from West Ham ends in the summer, but Forest should make sure get him back ahead of the next campaign.
West Ham paid Leeds £3.32m for him in 2016, according to Transfermarkt, but it’s been this season where he’s really proved he has the potential to play in a side capable of promotion. Despite only playing 345 minutes this season, but that’s been enough for his talent to be made clear.
Nottinghamshire Live reported that Martin O’Neill wants to keep him for next season’s promotion push. The right-back can be explosive at times and has the ability to be a real crowd pleaser if he’s given more opportunities in the next campaign.
That’d be a wiser move for the club than signing a player who hasn’t experienced the pressure of playing for the club before. It’s clear they’ll sign other players, so when there’s an opportunity to use a familiar talent like him, they should take advantage of it.
He’s just 25-years-old and even a permanent move wouldn’t be such a bad idea. The club are looking to build a strong unit and, despite the disappointing end, progress is being made. Byram can be part of this and finally prove he can become the player so many said he would be.
Forest should go back for the Englishman in summer and give him the opportunity that he deserves. If they don’t, someone else will, and they might pip them to promotion next season because of it.
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