Leeds United boss wants Sam Byram stay
Leeds United youth player Sam Byram set for big future
Leeds United's Sam Byram has proved a huge success in what has been an otherwise difficult and disappointing season for the Whites in the Npower Championship.
Byram, who is just 19, has been an integral part of the line-up this year and has featured in every league game. The Elland Road faithful certainly appear to agree, as he was voted player of the year by the official supporters club.
It's not just the fans that are praising the youngster from Essex, and new boss Brian McDermott has made note of the talent that he possesses.
The brilliant season the youngster has had is said to be sparking the attention of Manchester City, but the Leeds boss is keen to keep hold of Bryam.
Speaking to BBC Sport, McDermott said "Sam leaving the club is not something that has crossed my agenda. People can talk about whatever they want, but for me the best place for Sam is Leeds - playing and doing well."
Byram has joined a long list of successful academy players including the likes of James Milner, Aaron Lennon and Gary McAllister, and the former Reading manager feels it's important he continues his development at the club.
Since the beginning of the current campaign, the life long Leeds fan has been given his shot under both Neil Warnock and McDermott, and the player himself believes that is the reason for his vast progression as a footballer.
"My one-on-one defending has got a lot better," Byram told BBC Sport. "In the Under-18s you don't play against many lightning-quick wingers but since starting in the first team I have done better than I thought I might."