Leeds manager Steve Evans urges Sam Byram to sign new deal

Leeds manager Steve Evans revealed after his side’s 3-2 Sky Bet Championship success at Wolves that he hopes winger Sam Byram will decide to sign a new contract at Elland Road.
Highly-rated Byram, who is out of contract at the end of the season and has been in dispute over signing a new deal, made a surprise return to the starting line-up and showed his class with a double to inspire Leeds to their impressive success at Molineux.
Leeds had fallen behind to Benik Afobe’s 10th-minute opener before Byram drew them level just before half-time. Stuart Dallas handed Leeds a 51st-miniute lead, with Byram striking again on the hour with a far post header before Nathan Byrne sparked hopes of a late Wolves fight-back in the 81st minute.
Evans admitted that eyebows were raised in the Leeds camp at his decision to recall Bryam while his future remains unresolved but he said: “I have always been a manager to make a decision. I am not a manager afraid to make a decision.
“Young Sam has been good on the training ground for the last two weeks and I said to him that his chance is coming.
“But he is so good in attacking areas.
“He has to sign a contract. We can’t just sit there and say the player controls the football club.
“We love the kid to bits and I have said before that if he comes home with my daughter I will be quite proud!
“He is such a nice kid that you want him to do well but we want him to commit to his future.
“As a manager you have to be true to yourself and my eyes were telling me to pick him.
“I want Sam to be at Leeds United more than anything. That is an issue for the boardroom and I am glad he has got a couple of goals tonight.
“He has played really well and everyone in the dressing room is really pleased for him.
“When I told the owner (Massimo Cellino) the team at tea-time today he actually messaged me back and said he hopes Sam Byram gets two goals and is the man of the match.”
Wolves, who survived an early scare when Dallas hit the post from 25 yards, broke the deadlock thanks to a neat finished by Afobe.
The defeat extended Wolves’ run without a home win to six games.

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