Steve Evans noticed a “massive difference” in Sam Byram over his first two training sessions, with the Whites head coach hoping he holds the key to rejuvenating the club’s young talent.
Byram was criticised by chairman Massimo Cellino for not signing a new contract last month and has started United’s last three games from the bench but was highlighted by Evans as a player who had picked up notably in this week’s second session. Alex Mowatt is another talented youngster that has been struggling for form but Evans hopes to nurture all of United’s young stars back to optimum form.
Evans said: “When youngsters have had a load of games they can be terrific but there is always going to be a dip. That’s when they need their manager, when you have a chat with them, you go out on the training ground with them and you lift them, you raise these youngsters. You certainly don’t bury them when they are out of form. You can be harder with them when they are in great form, you can be more at them, but not when they lose it a little bit and I’ve seen a massive difference from Monday to Tuesday in young Sam Byram.
“We finished the session with the staff that attended from a couple of days ago who came in and said ‘we have seen some things from the players that we have not seen recently’. That doesn’t mean they have not been doing it before but they have not been doing it recently. That’s our job.”