Leeds United: Byram has Premier League potential - Ormsby

Sam Byram.
Sam Byram.
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Leeds United legend Brendan Ormsby answers your questions.

Brendan. I know there’s a lot of talk of Byram and Becchio and maybe even Lees being wanted by Premier League clubs. But to be honest, I don’t think they are top-flight standard yet and would be better staying here. What is your view?

Paul Simpson, Leeds

I’ve got to say I think Byram will be Premier League class. From what I have seen of him so far this season, he is progressing every game.

He has the ability, given time, to be a very good Premier League player. I’ve got to be honest, I watched the Aston Villa game the other night against Bradford and some of those players should not be in the top division and I was thinking: ‘you are so lucky’.

Byram is only young with a long time ahead of him and if he keeps developing and learning and listening to proper people and taking their advice, he will make it to the Premiership, I am sure.

It’s funny with Byram. In the first game I saw him play at Elland Road, a cup match at the start of the season, I think he played in right midfield and for the first half an hour, I thought he was rubbish!

I was doing the statistics and remember him then doing a couple of little things by the tunnel and maybe setting up a goal and then I thought he had something, certainly a touch of skill and it opened my eyes a bit.

Since then, he has played midfield and right-back and for his age, he looks so confident and is improving all the time. He is enthusiastic and as long as he does not get carried away, he can be a very, very good player.

As for Becchio, I think it will be harder for him to score goals if he goes up a division. Yes, he is a goalscorer and as the saying goes, goalscorers will always score goals, but he will find it a fair bit harder if he moves up.

I think of Becchio like Beckford, who went up and joined Everton and did okay, only to find himself back in the Championship and drop back down a division.

Jermaine scored the odd goal at Everton, but was hardly prolific like at Leeds. It’s not the same against better players.

Luciano would probably find it the same. He’d score a few without being outstanding.

What I would say is that if Byram and Becchio were offered a deal by a Premiership club, they would take it.


Lees as well. Looking at us, as well as having to bring players in, it is going to be difficult to hang onto our better players.

As a footballer, you want to play at the top level, even though it doesn’t always work. Look at Fabian Delph at Villa; he’s struggling a bit there and I don’t rate him as a Premier League player, having seen him a few times.

Looking back, in hindsight, maybe he should have stayed with Leeds for a couple more years. Sometimes you can move too early and go into the spotlight too soon.

It wouldn’t do Sam any harm if he stayed here for a bit. Obviously, Luciano is a bit older.

But young lads can be swayed by the money and talk of the Premiership.

But let’s face it, you very rarely see someone turn down a move from the Premiership, even if you are at a huge club such as Leeds United.

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