Newcastle face Leeds in Round 3 of the Capital One Cup next week at St James’ Park and may get an opportunity to take a close look at Leeds right back Sam Byram.
Byram is set to make his first start of the season for Leeds this evening in a Championship encounter against Reading at the Madejski Stadium, with the 20-year-old having been ruled out thus far with a hip injury he suffered at the end of the last campaign.
The youngster has only played for the Leeds U21 development team so far this term and it will be interesting to see whether he can recapture his sparkling form of last season.
Byram was a regular last season, playing 44 of 46 matches for Leeds in the Championship and helping himself to three goals in the process.
Standing at 6ft tall, the attacking full back wasn’t short of accolades last term, winning no less than five awards.
These included the Yorkshire Evening Post Player of the Year, the Fans’ Player of the Year, the Players’ Player of the Year and the Young Player of the Year.
As well as being solid at the back, Byram clearly has plenty of ability going forward, as this delightful goal against Oxford back in 2012 shows…
So, with Newcastle in need of cover for right back Mathieu Debuchy, keep an eye out for Sam Byram Leeds visit St James’ Park in the Capital One Cup next week.