Sam Byram

Kicking off this list is the most sought-after recent graduate of the Leeds academy – Sam Byram.

The versatile right-footer, who can operate at right-back or on the wing, rose to first team ascension under Neil Warnock last season, and finished the campaign as one of the most prominent performers on the Whites roster.

He was duly rewarded with a host of illustrious individual accolades, including the 2012 Mitre Leeds Goal of the Year award for his strike against Oxford in the FA Cup, the Yorkshire Evening Post Player of the Year – receiving a landslide 99% of the vote – the Players’ Player of the Year, Supporters Club Player of the Year, Young Player of the Year and Fans’ Player of the Year awards.

Many have compared the 20 year-old to Gareth Bale in style, for his blend of incredible athletic and technical attributes and the ability to make powerful, surging runs forward from deep areas.

Having quickly forged himself as a Leeds regular – with 60 Championship appearances and three goals to date – and since becoming a focal point of the Whites’ attack, Byram was linked to several Premier League clubs in summer 2013, most notably Manchester City.

Already valued at around £10million by the tabloids, it seems inevitable that the Essex-born flanker will feature in the top flight at some point over the next few years.


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