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Phil Hay explains how Daniel Farke took a chance on Sam Byram

The Athletic’s Phil Hay reveals how Sam Byram made his return to Leeds United under the guidance of Daniel Farke.

Sam Byram was a Leeds academy player who graduated and went on to make over 137 appearances for the Whites before departing in 2016. Since then, he’s moved around clubs, not being able to really establish himself due to injury problems.

The 30-year old played under Daniel Farke during his time at Norwich City, this was key to him joining the club according to Phil Hay:

‘It was far from certain that Leeds would give him a deal when Daniel Farke, his former manager at Norwich City, invited him to come and work at Thorp Arch in pre-season. Byram had been released by Norwich, his injury problems a factor in his exit, but he got through United’s schedule without missing a session and the players around him were impressed with his poise and ability.’ Hay wrote in his Athletic column.

‘By the time the start of the Championship season drew near, Farke was recommending to Leeds’ board that they table a contract offer. A fit Byram, in Farke’s estimation, would be as good as any left-back in the Championship. A small sample of evidence is yet to contradict him.’

‘At first, the club were wary of the idea of committing to him. The message initially was that Byram was there to get fit and find a club. He had been injured so much during the previous three years that handing him a deal was a risk. He was not the only free agent to appear at United over the summer, with goalkeeper Joe Lumley joining up briefly before moving on to Southampton.’ Hay added.

The fullback has only missed out on one game this season since re-signing with the club. He has rewarded Daniel Farke’s faith so far having provided a goal and assist accompanied with outstanding displays at the back.

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