The Leeds United fans in the Transfer Tavern were yet again left frustrated on Saturday as they fell behind in the race to win promotion. Eunan O’Kane was sent off for Leeds for a headbutt on Jonas Knudsen. This ultimately cost the visitors at Portman Road as they fell to a 1-0 loss with Bersant Celina scoring for Ipswich Town.
This loss cost Leeds a valuable three points and they missed the chance to move into the play-off zone again. To address the recent loss of form, perhaps Thomas Christiansen will dip into the transfer market and pick up another defender.
Laurens De Bock recently arrived from Club Brugges after Cameron Borthwick-Jackson yet again failed to impress and Luke Ayling has been sidelined for a lengthy period. Another full back to add competition for places would be ideal.
And therefore Leeds should make a move for Sam Byram. The £4.05m-rated West Ham United defender joined the East London club from Leeds back in January 2016 but the Whites should launch a bid to reunite with their former academy product two years later.
The 24-year-old’s career is stalling at West Ham as David Moyes prefers Pablo Zabaleta in the right wing-back role. And, while Byram will be learning a lot from Zabaleta, he also needs to be playing regular football at this stage of his career.
A loan move could benefit all three parties. Byram would get the game time he needs at Leeds and could help his old club compete for promotion. Leeds would benefit from having an experienced and familiar defender back in their ranks. And West Ham could track the defender’s progress at Leeds and consider whether to integrate him back into their squad next year.
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