By MOT Leeds News speaking to Paul Robinson

17th Nov, 2023 | 8:10am

Sky Sports pundit hails Sam Byram and Pascal Struijk amid Leeds United transfer prediction as Luke Ayling left out in cold

We’re delighted to welcome former England goalkeeper Paul Robinson as our exclusive columnist as each week he’ll be giving his views on the biggest talking points at Leeds United …

Leeds United don’t need a new answer at left-back because Sam Byram has played “particularly well” in that position, says Paul Robinson.

The former Norwich City man returned to Elland Road in the summer and has done a “great job” in anchoring a problem position for the club, with the former England keeper also singling out Pascal Struijk for “a lot of credit” over his play in the centre of the defence next to Joe Rodon.

Robinson believes Daniel Farke is set with his full-back options as the winter window approaches, as the fact that Byram on the left and Archie Gray on the right have kept Luke Ayling out of the team “tells you a lot”.

Speaking exclusively to MOT Leeds News the Sky Sports pundit said of Byram: “I think he’s played particularly well there. You look at Archie Gray and Sam Byram as the full-backs, the fact that they’re keeping Luke Ayling on the bench it tells you a lot.

“Pascal Struijk has got to take a lot of credit because he’s come in at centre-half, taken the captain’s armband, and done very, very well.

“He seems to have nailed down his position, and under previous he’s played there, at left-back, as a holding midfielder, as a centre-half.

“But now with the partnership of Struijk and Rodon it looks like they’ve got a good partnership going forward, they play well, they’ve got a good understanding. 

“I think Rodon’s got great pace, great legs, around Struijk, and then that allows others to play in the full-back role as Pascal’s not getting utilised as a makeshift full-back.

“Sam Byram in there has done a great job with his pace going forward. 

“You look at the team, you’re almost finding excuses to change the team.”

The Leeds United defence looks as formidable this season as it has done in at least two years, after the Premier League iteration frequently descended into chaos.

At this stage it may only be injury problems that forces Daniel Farke to look for reinforcements during the January window, with Struijk’s minor hernia surgery and Byram’s hamstring strain against Plymouth Argyle upsetting the continuity.

But if everyone can stay fit then the back four looks set, even if Djed Spence might have something to say at right-back when he comes back from his own lay-off.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay reports that the club could be looking at more than £5million as a permanent exit is agreed.