Clearly, Nottingham Forest need to tie down Sam Byram this summer to make the play-offs next season. If they did, he could force Tendayi Darikwa out of the line-up completely.
Byram’s impressed at the City Ground this season despite their disappointing end to the campaign. Obviously, he’s been on loan from West Ham since the start of the season and has made just six appearances but it’s clear from those though that he’s certainly a talent.
Yes, there’s not a huge amount of data to collect there but the youngster has a decent pedigree at his fairly young age is also tried and tested in the Championship, having earned his move to East London after impressing with Leeds.
No one’s doubting the fact that he needs time to bed into Forest, but as soon as he gets comfortable at the club he’ll give their other right-back Darikwa a scare. Indeed, the latter played 28 of Forest’s games this season but he’ll see that significantly reduced if Bryam signs permanently.
The Nottingham Post have reported that the club do want a right-back to compete with Darikwa but they aren’t interested in free agent Tom Lockyer. Instead they’d rather tie down Byram, and that’s the right decision from the club going forward.
The 22-year-old (valued by Transfermarkt at just £3.6m) has a great future ahead of him and it’d be a shame for Forest to have given him last year’s apprenticeship without taking him on full-time afterwards. He’s earned his place in the squad so he should be given the chance to earn his starting spot.
Competition for places will only improve Forest’s performances, and that could take them one step ahead and into the play-offs next season. It’s time Bryam was given the confidence to challenge Darikwa under a permanent contract.
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