Leeds have usurped £2.5m-rated ex-academy ace sold in 2016; how the tables have turned – opinion

Leeds have usurped £2.5m-rated ex-academy ace sold in 2016; how the tables have turned – opinion

Leeds United didn’t have much to shout about during the 2010s.

The Whites had a torrid decade for the most part, lulling around League One and the bottom half of the Championship before the light at the end of the tunnel came in the shape of Marcelo Bielsa.

However, it wasn’t all bad for Leeds, they had some exciting academy products come through during this time, and none were tipped for bigger things than Sam Byram.

Byram was spoken that highly of during his early days at Leeds you would’ve thought he was the second-coming of John Charles or Billy Bremner.

He won Leeds’ Player of the Year award at the age of 20, and he was tipped as a future England international after he moved to West Ham for £3.7m.

“He has been bought for the future and long term he could well be an English international,” David Sullivan said after bringing him in.

However, since then his career has stalled.

A string of injuries and underperformances have seen Byram actually regress in the years since he left Leeds, he came through at Elland Road as one of the club’s best right-backs in the Championship, and now he’s not even first-choice right-back at Norwich City, deputising behind Max Aarons.

Meanwhile, Leeds are flying high in the Premier League, and it seems as though their former academy star would probably have been better biding his time and sticking it out at Elland Road instead of jumping ship back in 2016.

Of course, hindsight is 20/20, but there is something of a cruel irony attached to the fact that Leeds are a Premier League club while Byram is a second-string Championship player, and while £3.7m for him back in 2016 was described as a cut-price fee, the now-27-year-old is valued at just £2.52m by transfermarkt.

United have now outgrown their former academy star.

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