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Leeds played a transfer blinder with the sale of Sam Byram

Leeds United brought in Rasmus Kristensen from Red Bull Salzburg to bolster their options at right-back in the summer transfer window.

The Danish international has started five of their matches in the Premier League this season and averaged 4.0 tackles and interceptions per game.

He looks to have taken over from Luke Ayling as the first-choice in that position and is on course to be the latest in a string of strong players in that area of the pitch for Leeds in recent years.

Prior to Ayling, the Whites enjoyed the talents of academy graduate Sam Byram, who broke into the first team and made 143 appearances in all competitions.

Leeds ended up playing a transfer blinder with the Englishman as ex-manager Steve Evans sold him at the perfect time in his career. West Ham paid a reported fee of £3.5m to sign the right-back from the Yorkshire side in 2016 and it has been downhill for the dud since then.

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In his first two-and-a-half seasons for the Hammers, Byram missed a whopping 37 matches in all competitions due to three separate injury issues. He also suffered a serious knee injury whilst on loan to Nottingham Forest in the Championship and was absent for 39 games.

The 28-year-old full-back was an unreliable player as West Ham were unable to count on him to be available week-in-week-out in the Premier League. He, quite simply, was a liability due to his injury issues and the London club opted to cash in on him after just three-and-a-half years when they sold him to Norwich in 2019.

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Byram joined the Canaries, who had just been promoted to the top-flight at the time, for a reported fee of £750k. This means that his market value plummeted by roughly 79% between the time of his exit from Leeds and his arrival at Norwich, which illustrates his downfall since departing Yorkshire.

Injuries have continued to plague him in Norfolk as he missed 40 games between February 2020 and January 2021 with a hamstring issue. He is in his fourth season at Carrow Road and has only made 42 appearances for the Yellows, with 32 of those coming in the Premier League.

Unfortunately, his unreliability in his availability has continued throughout his time at West Ham and Norwich and this is why Leeds sold him at the perfect time and pulled off a masterclass with the move. They managed to rake in a respectable fee for their academy product and got over 100 matches of service from him before his value plummeted.

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