This English Whiz Kid Could Be The Defender Newcastle Want


Newcastle have been linked with Leeds United right-back Sam Byram for over two years now, and we are linked again with this player today, and it does seem we need another right back to push Daryl Janmaat and Sam can also play as a right winger.

In fact Sam is a versatile player and can play anywhere on the right-hand side from defense to attack, and he has been with Leeds United since back in 2005.

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21 year-old Sam Byram of Leeds

He came through the Youth Academy at the Yorkshire club and made his debut back in 2012 at Elland Road in a 4–0 victory over Shrewsbury Town in early August in the League Cup..

Since then he has played 120 times for Leeds with 7 goals and 11 assists and even though he is only 21 he is currently Leeds’ longest serving player and one of the best players in the Championship.

We were first linked with the English whiz-kid back in early 2013 and he would be a good signing for Newcastle.

This pre-season he has been playing as a forward manager Uwe Rosler’s new 4-3-3 formation.

Rosler has said already he does not want to sell Byram but money talks and if Newcastle make Leeds United a decent offer he could be another signing for Newcastle.

This summer Sam’s in big demand and Sunderland, Manchester City, Liverpool, Southampton and West Ham are all said to be chasing the talented Elland Road player and the fee mentioned has been £8M.

When you look at who we have in defense, we are short of a right-sided defender to back up Daryl Janmaat, and with the versatility of the 21 year-old he could force his way into the Newcastle team in other positions too.

This particular report about Newcastle wanting Byram is in Football League World, but it’s this type of younger player who Newcastle could want to sign to shore up the defense.

It says Newcastle have had scouts at Elland Road checking on the youngster in the 1-1 draw against Burnley last Saturday, when Sam played the whole game.

And head coach Steve McClaren will know all about Sam from his last two seasons spent in the Championship managing Derby County.

We’re pretty sure we have all the center-backs in that we are going to sign – and it will probably be Coloccini, Mbemba, Taylor and Lascelles as our four central defenders this season.

When Newcastle are after a player they have scouted for a while, they don’t give up on them – so it would seem feasible that Sam Byram could be a real target for Newcastle this month.

Sam stands 6ft tall and would be a good signing for us, but he is also in big demand from other PL clubs.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

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149 comments so far

  • catchy in norway

    Aug 11, 2015 at 9:49 AM

    Comment #1

    who else Ed

    please let us know

    there has to be at least another 12 you know about along with the other 300 you have us linked with

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 11, 2015 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #2

    Oh yesss please be true!! This is one very good player and would be perfect just the one i wanted as RB cover. He would make Janmaat sweat about his starting place. Very attack minded and quality full back.

    Sign him Sign him Sign him!!!

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  • hibbit

    Aug 11, 2015 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #3

    they want willo why can’t we do a deal ???

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  • JDdubai

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:04 AM

    Comment #4

    Considering Ed frequently puts out threads over nothing, how come no thread about our supposed interest in hijacking the Shaqiri deal???

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  • Wayayman

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Blackleyfrom previous; I couldn’t disagree more that Obertan was as good as colback and Anita! Like I said I was at the game and was watching Obertan and Hiadara TRYING to link up but time and time again Balloon Heed would come inside when Hiadara was in possession which I’m sure they worked on in training so they could pass and move. Sadly Obertan doesn’t have the skill when the ball is at his feet and really should have been running the channels more to receive the ball the way Janmaat was playing Sissoko in on the right hand side in the first half.
    Coaching will take you so far, but the lack of football intelligence will be shown up during a game. If Obertan just played to his strengths he’d get more opportunities to run with the ball.
    If anyone remembers the way Guti and Enrique linked up, that’s exactly what Hiadara and Obertan were trying to do, but balloon isn’t half the player Guti was back then

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  • TheToonKing

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #6

    Why would we want him and why would he come ?

    He’s expensive, 8 mil , playing consistently at Leeds, good enough to start in the Premier League, which he will not do ahead of Janmaat.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #7

    i would love for us to sign Shaqiri but i honestly cant see it happening.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #8

    toon king if he is good enough to start in the prem then 8m is no expensive…….. a big plus for us is they want willo

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  • hibbit

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #9

    shaqiri must have baggage only stoke in for him why

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #10

    Wayayman
    Obertan brings strong running and a constant threat that keeps oppo defenders on their guard. He may not be an intelligent player but moves rarely break down with him. He is a little suspect defensively at times.

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  • Blackley and Brownlie

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:31 AM

    Comment #11

    I can watch one player’s dedicated game highlights but I can’t tell from that whether he’s had a good game. That’s why I go to games.

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  • TheToonKing

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #12

    @hibbit yeah, but he’s not better , or even close to Janmaat. He’s like Haidara, on the cusp of being good enough to start in the EPL, but too good for the bench…

    Why would he come to us ? And why would we pay 8 mil for a bench player, this is not midfield or attack where we rotate, Janmaat would always be ahead of him. Why not spend that money elswehere where we need it, CB, LB, Winger etc.

    I’d get it if he was like 2.5 -3 mil. but 8 is too much.

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  • TheToonKing

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #13

    @hibbit good question. Something must be up, on paper he’s too good for only Stoke to be after him.

    And he already blew them off a couple of times, specifically in July, but now looks like he’s resorting to signing with them since nobody else wants him….. don’t know why.

    His injury record, although he was out most of last season, isn’t too bad before that.
    Maybe because he’s really inconsistent and selfish ?

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #14

    The first half I had the pleasure of watching Obershocker close up. Every time he got the ball he was facing away from the opposite goal and just laid it straight back, very much in the mould of Gutti. When he did have a run they produced nothing.
    The 2nd half he actually had a go at the defence and was woefully wide with his shots. the only good thing he did was the cross which was sublime.
    McLaren says he was picked for tactical reasons of which I saw none as he offered nothing

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  • 123 Dummet Time

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #15

    I am very optimistic that we won’t hijack shaqiri move to stoke

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  • expatmag

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #16

    Blackley

    Then it would appear your knowledge of the noble game could be written on the back of a postage stamp because you spout so much unadulterated crap on this blog.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Yo…according to whoscored Cisse has the best stats so you tell me mate 😉

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #18

    I agree Obertan has power and has pace and obviously shows attributes that attracted him to Manure and Nufc.
    So why has he never constantly shown it ??
    before he suffered his injury last season he looked to be showing some real form, And by his own admission came back early for pre season training. But out of the 2 wingers we played Sissoko destroyed him on performance.

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  • hibbit

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:54 AM

    Comment #19

    i hope we don’t go after him just another player with problems we don’t have the money to take the risk

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:56 AM

    Comment #20

    I actually find it funny that SM hadn’t signed anyone from Derby (even players on loan)

    …is it because they just aren’t that good or that they are over priced?

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  • hibbit

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #21

    i ask you why did man u unload him so cheaply not good enough……… never has been never will be

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #22

    Jazzy…I’ll drive Obertan to your house then you can keep him 😉

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  • sparky55

    Aug 11, 2015 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #23

    I’ve watched this lad grow up whilst watching my great-nephew since he was signed up by leeds 8 years ago and he is very good. He always played up a couple of years against older players and he’s got everything. Newcastle had a look at him three years ago and should have bought him then because he wasn’t quite the finished article then but he’ll go to a better club than newcastle now because he’s come on loads in the last couple of years and is Leeds best player in most matches.

    He’s very composed, he’s strong, he got a great touch for a defender and he’s quick…I’ve seen him give players a couple of yards head start and soon catch them.

    A missed opportunity for sure

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #24

    Can’t imagine why no one is in for Shaqiri? Really like him as a player, pretty much every team in Germany has passed up the option to take him despite it being his preferred choice???
    To be honest I doubt signing him would be good for Newcastle. Publically he’s a pretty outspoken muslim Kosovan. Its not just his place of origin, its somewhere he has got a lot of opinions about. Pretty sure he’s riled up Serbians with controversial comments he’s made in the past.
    We have a Serbian nut job up front. Can’t see them getting along.
    Not saying that serbs and Albanians/kosovans can’t get along, that would be generalising. But Shaqiri is more than just Kosovan, he’s similar to how James McClean is towards Ireland with his views on things

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #25

    sparky55…he wouldn’t have been developed if he had come here!

    He would be a great buy now if the price is no more than £8M.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #26

    Jay…I think one should wonder why no one wants Shaqiri and why any team tries to get rid of him!

    …we have been there before and maybe just maybe we should stay clear…regardless of his talent?

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  • WWSBRD

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #27

    jesper
    Tbf Cisse didnt do much wrong, worked hard, scored a goal and set Obertan away to getting an assist

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #28

    @Jazzy P – pretty sure everyone ever has only signed Obertan based on the 2009 Toulan tournament he played in when he was like 19 where he was amazing. He’s sure as hell not warranted the appearances at man utd or Newcastle since then. Has the attributes to be a star! Think the mental side of his game is all wrong though. He’ll probably move to a French team one day that play in front of 10,000 and be amazing! Hes a very Bastia style of player

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:08 AM

    Comment #29

    Blackley- A very fair appraisal. Much talk of playing the Dutch way. It’s control and pass, control and pass – constantly. At the back you’re looking for someone who can control the ball instantly and give a forward pass. It provides them more space and time. If you delay, the opposition have all run back behind the ball. It’s a very simplified affair but that’s precisely what function Obertan fulfilled with his marauding pace. It was extremely economical with nobody running into no man’s land( eg crowded penalty boxes etc) Macca was thrilled with the execution. As an attacking threat it was flexible and breathtaking.
    A possession based passing game has its merits but allied to sheer pace when used productively provides also a whole new dimension to your play. A good illustration is highlighted in the Arsenal v WHU game where the hammers have injected more pace and movement into the side with a couple of new players. Their style of play is in marked contrast to that of Fat Sam’s last season.
    .

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  • Fatman_joe

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:09 AM

    Comment #30

    This lad would be a great addition. If we’re serious about cup competitions then jamnaat needs some back up. We’re over subscribed with cbs so could afford to lose one (Colo would have been my choice but I guess it’ll be Williamson now) and having only one rb is stupid. We should never have midfielders covering defensive roles.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #31

    Jesper

    I can see him more as your servant at your beach house hahaha. In all seriousness I think we have better talent out wide than this lad which is why I cannot understand why he has lasted so long at the toon

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  • Whumpie

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #32

    Not a particularly exciting player to be linked with at the moment. He’s a good player, I’m sure – but what we lack in defence is experience, height and power.

    Everything else can wait IMHO until we have a big brute of a centre-back in place. Sadly, I don’t think that’ll happen this window.

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  • Take a Chancel on me

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:12 AM

    Comment #33

    I have the feeling Blackie will get the best out of Obertan this season

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #34

    @Jesper – I agree. There must be something. Schalke had first option on him and had no interest which surprised me. He’s supremely talented, I mean c’mon, clubs even sign Joey Barton! In this day and market 12m for him is about half of what his talent is worth. He’s performed internationally and in the champions league too!
    There was some stories about his family having links to terrorist organisations not long ago but I’m pretty sure that was just tabloid sensationalism. I’m pretty sure he’s enemy #1 in Serbia though for his views and comments.
    If we’re after a winger I’d quite like a move for your own countryman Victor Fischer. Back from injury now, really talented lad, reckon he could make a similar splash to Eriksen

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #35

    Yo…but if you compare Cisse’s vote from whoscored to that of the blog like you did with Anita?

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  • jayphoto

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #36

    @Chancel – Obertan is an enigma that verges on being a quantum physics problem.
    His pace terrifies defenders. But nothing comes of it most of the time.
    The team has a much higher win ratio when he plays. But he’s usually the worst player.
    Hes effectively Schroedingers cat in the sense that before a game, if he’s in the line up the team is both dead and alive in theory

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  • Fatman_joe

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:17 AM

    Comment #37

    Whumpie. I agree but I think with lascelles and mbemba joining and Colo signing I think big Mc will see that as cb covered. And having an experienced rb that can operate in more than one role and young and British, 8m is a steal.

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  • jazzyp

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:18 AM

    Comment #38

    Jayphoto

    I can understand why we actually signed him. The pre season we signed him he was on tour with Manure in the states and looked a cracking player. I was watching most matches with my Man u mates and he was scoring freely and going and attacking the fullbacks at will.
    The we were in for him and was quite excited as looked a cracking prospect.
    Unfortunately he has not made the grade.I always look at our players to see if they would make another top ten team to assess our current crop of players. And I just don’t see him in any of them teams to be frank.
    I agree mate he belongs at a club like Nice where he may be star but not with us

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #39

    Jay…if Fischer can stay clear of injuries he would be an immense talent!

    Definitely one of the players we have high hopes for. Him and Højbjerg!

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 11, 2015 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #40

    jazzy – he’s only 26 and strikes me as the sort of individual who needs to believe in himself. Don’t you think he realises this is probably his last chance to perform at this level- the pressure is immense.
    He has all the physical attributes to be a regular PL player. He contributed a lot more than many and I gave him I think a 7 rating behind only 3/4 other players. Just judge him on a game by game basis rather than write him off. Because based on Sunday’s game he was one of our more influential players.

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