Leeds United: Byram has raw talent to flourish as a winger - Gray

BRIGHT FUTURE: Leeds United's Lewis Cook. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Leeds United's Lewis Cook. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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LEEDS look like they are spending a bit of money and bringing people in which is a good thing and encouraging.

It will be interesting to see the new signings play when the season gets going.

Gaetano Berardi has become the club’s fifth summer signing and he sounds promising. We don’t really know any of these new recruits yet but he sounds encouraging.

And if Berardi plays at right back it will be interesting to see what is going to happen with young Sam Byram. Will he maybe play somewhere else and move into midfield? It’s a different ball game when you are playing with your back to goal and it’s easier when you are running on to things and you can see everything. We’ll have to wait and see if he gets that opportunity in midfield but he’s definitely got the talent.

When a new right back has come in from Sampdoria you would expect he’ll be pushing to start – certainly the early games anyway. So maybe that will give Sam the opportunity to push forwards.

I hear that there money is the transfer kitty at the club and that’s a good thing for the football club. I also heard about how the president is planning to use the money from the Ross McCormack sale to buy back Elland Road which is good and there are encouraging signs.

When the president came into the football club he said he was going to take it forward and it sounds now like he is beginning to put things in place. He is getting players in which is the most important thing as the most important thing at a football club is what happens on the field of play and results. To do that you have got to have a sound financial structure.

Obviously, the president has got contacts in Italy. Now he is bringing these players from Italy in and hopefully they can do a job for the club. Hopefully they will be able to perform to the level which people expect and that would be to get to some sort of challenging position in the league. It’s like everything else in that when new people come into the club like new players you have got to give them an opportunity to perform. You have got to get behind them, that’s the most important thing, so that when the season starts everybody is towing in the same direction.

The supporters have got to get behind the team and then let’s hope we have a good season. It’s not that far away now.

I saw that Leeds beat Guiseley 2-0 on Saturday and I didn’t think they’d win 16-0!

But it’s always good to win games even though in pre-season it’s not he be all and end. I’ll be at the Mansfield Town game on Tuesday and we are now building up the opposition the closer we get to the season. The game against Dundee United before the season starts should be a cracker as they have got a lot of good young players.

I think now that the president will probably be looking for somebody to replace Ross – somebody who can come in and get goals. I don’t know what’s in his mind but you would imagine that he’d be looking for someone to come in and play up front alongside Matt Smith. You would imagine that Smith would start next season so you would think he is looking for someone to come in who can play off him. But we’ll have to wait and see as it all depends on who is available as well. You can think all you want about what you think you need but you’ve got to think what it’s going to cost and can you get hold of the players you want?

Also, are the clubs in question going to sell? There’s a lot that goes into it. And spending money doesn’t necessarily guarantee success. A lot of teams have tried that in the past and it’s not worked for them. All that matters is that whoever you bring in can play. I don’t think we need to spend big to make a statement or anything and if you bring a young boy through from the youth team and play him up front and he starts scoring goals then that’s a success.

I hear Robbie McDaid got a hat-trick for the under-18s on Saturday and hopefully some of the young boys will break through and show they can do the job.

I certainly think the younger players at the club will get their opportunity to impress as well.

Paul Heckingbottom watched on at Bramall Lane.

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