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Daniel Farke: Sam Byram signing gives us more options

16 July 2019

Daniel Farke revealed his delight at the signing of Sam Byram, saying it adds strength in depth to the right-back position of his team.

Byram, 25, joined the Canaries on a four-year deal from West Ham United on Tuesday morning.

The former Leeds United youngster will add competition for places in the right-back area and also provide cover in the wide midfield positions, something which Farke is pleased about.

"I’m delighted with this signing. It [right-back] was more or less the last position where we didn’t have a second specialist," he said to canaries.co.uk.

"After Ivo Pinto left and also Felix Passlack, it was important to bring in another option. I’m pretty delighted that we’ve been able to announce Sam, we are all happy he’s together with us.

"The most important topic is that he is full of potential and full of quality and he has proved this. At a young age, he was highly-rated.

"I like a lot that he’s flexible in order to cover different positions. Of course, he played pretty often in the recent months in the full-back position but he can also play in the winger position."

Farke also likes the potential of Byram. By the age of 23, Byram had already racked up over 140 appearances for Leeds but injury has hampered his progress over the past few seasons at West Ham.

"Sadly the last two years he had some injuries but right now, he is back and he was even able to play the last five or six games for Nottingham Forest.

"He’s had a good pre-season and it in a good shape. Of course, he needs some time to adapt to our group and our way of football but if he’s able to use his potential again, we have a really, really good signing.

"A few years ago he was probably not possible to sign because he was too highly-rated and too expensive. Right now, we had the opportunity and big compliments to Stuart Webber that we were able to agree a deal."


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