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.
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?
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