December 12, 2023

Even though Sam Byram is now injured for Tuesday’s game, Daniel Farke has heaped praise on the adaptability of the Leeds United star, even drawing comparisons between him and the legendary German football player Phillip Lahm.


Since moving back to Elland Road in the summer, Byram has been incredible for Leeds. He had already played 143 games for the Whites before his return, and he had scored goals for Leeds in 19 of those games.


The 30-year-old is now a vital member of Farke’s team instead of just a player who might make the squad if he were to sign a new contract. After developing a hamstring issue at Blackburn, Byram is now hurt.


Farke likened Leeds player Byram to Germany’s legendary player Lahm, who played on the left side of defense and was a right-footed player, according to the club’s YouTube channel.


Middlesbrough vs. Leeds United in the Sky Bet Championship

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“Sam Byram is more of a left-back now, but he played right-back his entire 20s. Had this conversation with German captain Philipp Lahm, the greatest left-back in the world. He switched to right back in his late 20s.


“A right-footed player with good technical and passing skills can play well on the left, much like Byram or Lahm.” It is possible to excel as a right-footer on the left, without drawing too many comparisons between them.


Daniel Farke likens Sam Byram of Leeds to Phillip Lahm.

Byram has been sensational – comparisons with a player like Lahm is a bit of a stretch but at this level, you might argue he has been the best left-back in the League this term. In spite of having a right foot.


On Leif Davis, maybe harsh. The former Leeds player is blazing for Ipswich, who currently lead Leeds in the battle for the automatic promotion spots. I’m hoping Byram can stay healthy for the second half of 23–24.

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