Newcastle United would like to bring in more English players to strengthen their squad, but with Mike Ashley tough control of the purse strings, and English players always costing more than those on the continent, it could be difficult for Newcastle to get many English players at the club in the next year or so.
Sam Byram – talented 20 year-old right back
And news in the Shields Gazette today that Newcastle have been interested in Leeds United right back Sam Byram who turned 20 only last week.
Sam was named in the England U20 team this summer, along with our own Gael Bigirimana for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey, but he had to withdraw due to a hip injury sustained towards the end of last season.
And it turns out the six footer has only just returned to action for Leeds at the weekend, and he played for just over a half, in the 2-1 defeat at Elland Road by Burnley.
Former Reading manager Brian McDermott is now at Leeds and he had this to say about the highly promising right back:
“It was a difficult game for Sam,” “You’re asking an awful lot – he’s not played for such a long time.” “He was struggling a little bit at half-time, so he got to 60 minutes and we took him off.”
“He’s a little bit sore. We’re just hopeful that he’s going to come through and get stronger for that 60 minutes.”
Newcastle have been watching the player since we did not replace Danny Simpson when he left as a free agent in the summer, but we are fairly well off for full-backs with both Davide Santon and Paul Dummett able to move over and play right back, and we also have 20 year-old Frenchman Massadio Haidara coming through in the left back position.
Sam’s playing style is reminiscent of that of former Southampton youngster Gareth Bale, but on the right hand side, and he has so far played 53 times for Leeds with four goals, and has a contract through the summer of 20016, so he will not come cheap.
Not surprisingly there are already a number of Premier League clubs watching the youngster.
But it’s going to be very difficult, with the current transfer policy of Newcastle, to be willing to pay out the transfer fees it would take to bring talented young English players to Tyneside.
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