Sam Byram

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Sam Byram
Sam Byram.jpg
Byram playing for Leeds United in 2012
Personal information
Full name Samuel Mark Byram[1]
Date of birth (1993-09-16) 16 September 1993 (age 20)
Place of birth Thurrock, England
Height 6 ft 0 in (1.83 m)[2]
Playing position Right Back/ Winger
Club information
Current team
Leeds United
Number 2
Youth career
2005–2012 Leeds United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2012– Leeds United 72 (3)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 19 August 2014.
† Appearances (Goals).

Samuel Mark "Sam" Byram (born 16 September 1993) is an English professional footballer who plays for Leeds United. The versatile youngster is comfortable in both a defensive or attacking position at right back or right-wing.[3] In May 2013, Byram was called up to the England Under 20 team.

Youth career[edit]

Byram was born in Thurrock, Essex before moving North where he attended Ralph Butterfield Primary School, Haxby, and then Joseph Rowntree School in York. He played for the City Schools team as a boy before joining Leeds United.[4] After completing his secondary education at school, he signed scholar forms with the West Yorkshire club in 2010. During his first year as scholar, he played 'down' a year in the under-16 team to help his development as a footballer.[5] He later progressed to his age group in the under-18s where he would become a regular in the team during his second year in 2011–12. As an integral part of the team, he scored several goals over the course of the season as the under-18s finished as runners-up to Newcastle United in their divisional academy league.[6] Following the end of the season in May 2012, he was one of five young players rewarded with their first professional contracts for their performances in the campaign.[7]

First team[edit]

In the first friendly match of Leeds United's 2012–13 pre-season against Farsley, Byram was one of a number of youngsters given an opportunity to impress manager Neil Warnock when he lined up for the second half at Throstle Nest.[8] United recorded a convincing 5–2 victory over their city rivals.[8] Nevertheless, he would travel with the first-team on their summer tour of the South West of England the following week, featuring in the games against Tavistock, Bodmin Town and Torquay United.[9][10][11] Byram remained as part of the first-team in pre-season after returning to the North; playing for an hour and scoring in the game away to Preston North End.[12]

After impressing in pre-season, Byram was handed the number 25 shirt for the season ahead and he made his first team debut at Elland Road in a 4–0 victory over Shrewsbury Town on 11 August in the League Cup.[13] Byram retained his place in the first-team the following week in United's first league game of the campaign against Wolverhampton Wanderers. He was part of a defence that kept a clean-sheet in a 1–0 victory over one of the early favourites for promotion and his performance out-wide against the England international Matt Jarvis won praise from several observers.[14] He signed a new three-year contract with the West Yorkshire club two days after his league debut and only three months after signing his first professional contract with the club.[15]

Byram scored his first professional goal on 28 August in the 3–0 League Cup second-round victory over Oxford United. Picking up the ball just outside of the penalty area, he beat two Oxford defenders with his first and second touches before chipping the goalkeeper from inside the box in the 34th minute to give his team a 2–0 lead.[16] An impressed Neil Warnock told reporters after the game that "Sam will probably never score another goal like that in his career".[17] Byram remained a permanent feature in the first-team squad during the early months of the season with United legend Eddie Gray tipping him to win a call-up to England Under-21 squad in the near future if he maintained his form.[18] His former manager in the under-18s Neil Redfearn stated that Byram's rise through the ranks at the club served as a good example for other promising youngsters including his former team mates in the academy side; Ross Killock, Dominic Poleon and Simon Lenighan.[19] On 2 October, he scored his first league goal for Leeds in a 2–2 draw away to Bolton Wanderers, heading in an El-Hadji Diouf cross.[20][21] An away match at Leicester City on 5 March saw young Byram score his third goal for Leeds in a 1–1 draw.

After his impressive form for Leeds linked him with Premier League interest,[22] Byram signed a new contract with Leeds on 26 January 2013, to extend his stay at the club until 2016.[23] He scored his second league goal for the club on 6 March, in a 1–1 draw away at Leicester City,[24] and followed this up with the equaliser in another 1–1 draw, at home to Peterborough United.

On 26 April 2013, Byram won the Yorkshire Evening Post Player of The Season award with 99% of the vote.[25] After being linked with an £8 million pound move to Manchester City in the summer, Bryam proclaimed that he wanted to stay at Leeds to try earn promotion.[26]

At the clubs annual end of season awards on 27 April, Byram won the Player of the Year Award, Young Player of the Year Award, Players Player of the Year Award and also the Supporters Club Player of the Year Award.[27]

On 30 July 2013, Bryam was named in Sky Sports Football League Players to watch out for in the Football League.[28] The hip injury sustained at the end of the 2012–13 season ruled Byram out of the England Under 20's World Cup. Bryam's injury caused him to miss the entire 2013–14 pre-season friendlies for Leeds. After missing the start of the 2013–14 season, on 6 August, Leeds Manager Brian McDermott proclaimed that Byram had an injection in his hip and the injury may require surgery which could potentially rule him out for several months.[29] Byram made his first-team return on 21 September 2013, playing 57 minutes in Leeds' 2-1 defeat against Burnley. He also played Leeds' next game, a League Cup defeat to Newcastle, playing the full 90 minutes. [30] Byram played just 27 games during an injury hit season.

On 1 August, Byram was assigned the Leeds number 2 shirt for the 2014–15 season.[31] On 9 August, Southampton manager, Ronald Koeman confirmed that Leeds had rejected a bid of £4.5million from to sign Byram.[32]

International career[edit]

On 17 May 2013, Byram was called up to the England Under 20's team by Peter Taylor for the 2013 FIFA U-20 World Cup in Turkey.[33] However on 11 June 2013 he withdrew as a precaution due to a hip injury sustained towards the end of the 2012/13 championship season.[34]

Honours[edit]

Individual

Style of play[edit]

Bryam's style of play has been likened by many to that of Real Madrid's Welsh international Gareth Bale. Byram's running power from full back and his ability to create play from deeper areas, has meant he has become one of the focal points of Leeds United's attacking play.[37]

Career statistics[edit]

As of match played 19 August 2014.[38]
Season Club Division League FA Cup League Cup Play-offs Total Discipline
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals A yellow card A red card
2014–15 Leeds United Championship 3 0 0 0 0 0 3 0 0 0
2013–14 Championship 25 0 1 0 1 0 27 0 3 0
2012–13 Championship 44 3 4 0 5 1 53 4 6 0
Total 72 3 5 0 6 1 0 0 83 4 9 0

References[edit]

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  2. ^ Rollin, Glenda; Rollin, Jack, eds. (2012). Sky Sports Football Yearbook 2012–2013 (43rd ed.). London: Headline. p. 482. ISBN 978-0-7553-6356-8. 
  3. ^ "Luke showed what we've been miss-ing!". Yorkshire Evening Post. 2 November 2012. Retrieved 2 November 2012. 
  4. ^ "Five-star York are in fine Nick". York Press. 15 October 2003. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  5. ^ "SAM SIGNS UP FOR THE FUTURE". Leeds United A.F.C. 20 August 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  6. ^ "UNITED PRIDE IN RUNNERS-UP SPOT". Leeds United A.F.C. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
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  9. ^ "UNITED HIT TAVISTOCK FOR SIX". Leeds United. 23 July 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  10. ^ "FOUR-STAR UNITED WIN AT BODMIN". Leeds United. 25 July 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  11. ^ "SOUTH WEST TOUR ENDS ON A HIGH". Leeds United. 27 July 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  12. ^ "THREE OF THE BEST SEE OFF PRESTON". Leeds United A.F.C. 4 August 2012. Retrieved 4 August 2012. 
  13. ^ "SHREWSBURY LIVE". Leeds United A.F.C. 11 August 2012. Retrieved 11 August 2012. 
  14. ^ "Becchio goal secures win against Wolves...". Leeds United A.F.C. 18 August 2012. Retrieved 18 August 2012. 
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  16. ^ "OXFORD LIVE". Leeds United A.F.C. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 28 August 2012. 
  17. ^ "Warnock Pleased with Cup Win". Sporting Life. 28 August 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  18. ^ "Gray on Leeds – Byram's got the goods to follow Lees’ international call". LUFC Chat. 10 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  19. ^ "SAM'S A SHINING LIGHT FOR YOUNGSTERS". Sporting Life. 5 September 2012. Retrieved 23 September 2012. 
  20. ^ "Bolton 2–2 Leeds" BBC Sport. 2 October 2012. Retrieved 2 October 2012.
  21. ^ "DAVIES DOUBLE DENIES UNITED VICTORY". Leeds United A.F.C. Retrieved 2 October 2012. 
  22. ^ "Sam Byram agrees new deal with Leeds United". Sky Sports News. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  23. ^ "SAM'S SET TO SIGN FOR THE FUTURE". Leeds United A.F.C. Retrieved 26 January 2013. 
  24. ^ "Leicester 1–1 Leeds" BBC Sport. 6 March 2013. Retrieved 9 March 2013.
  25. ^ "Leeds United: Byram so proud to be youngest winner". Yorkshire Evening Post. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  26. ^ "I’m not going anywhere – Byram". Yorkshire Evening Post. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  27. ^ "SAM WINS THE BIG PRIZES". Leeds United Official Website. 28 April 2013. Retrieved 28 April 2013. 
  28. ^ "FL 125 Championship". Sky Sports. 30 July 2013. Retrieved 30 July 2013. 
  29. ^ "Leeds defender Sam Byram may be sidelined for several more months". Sky Sports. 6 August 2013. Retrieved 6 August 2013. 
  30. ^ "CUP EXIT AT NEWCASTLE". Leeds United A.F.C. 28 September 2013. Retrieved 28 September 2013. 
  31. ^ "SQUAD NUMBERS RELEASED". Leeds United. 1 August 2014. Retrieved 1 August 2014. 
  32. ^ "Southampton's £4.5m bid for young defender Sam Byram rejected by Leeds". Express. 9 August 2014. Retrieved 9 August 2014. 
  33. ^ "SAM'S CONFIRMED ON WORLD CUP SHORT-LIST". Leeds United Official Website. 17 May 2013. Retrieved 17 May 2013. 
  34. ^ "World cup injury rules Sam out". Leeds United Official Website. 12 June 2013. Retrieved 16 June 2013. 
  35. ^ "Help find our best goal of 2012!". Leeds United. 4 February 2013. Retrieved 4 February 2013. 
  36. ^ "Leeds United: Byram so proud to be youngest winner". Yorkshire Evening Post. 27 April 2013. Retrieved 27 April 2013. 
  37. ^ "Redfearn: Leeds’s Byram is like a young Gareth Bale". Yorkshire Evening Post. 7 May 2013. Retrieved 7 May 2013. 
  38. ^ "Statistics". Soccerbase. Retrieved 1 October 2008. 

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