Date of birth
A debut season tarnished by injuries still provided enough glimpses to suggest the best is yet to come from Sam Byram in a Norwich City shirt.
The Essex-born full-back made a name for himself at Leeds United, where he proved he could play in defence or even a front three.
Eleven years a peacock
2005 - 2012: Byram spends his youth career at Leeds United’s academy. He plays for the Under-18s in 2011-12, scoring several goals as they finish second in the league behind Newcastle United.
2012 - 2016: Makes his first team debut for Leeds in August 2012 for a 4-0 win against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup. In April 2013, Byram wins the Yorkshire Evening Post Player of the Season award with a resounding 99 percent of the votes, becoming its youngest ever winner. He also has a clean sweep at the club’s awards, winning Player of the Year, Players Player of the Year and Supporters Club Player of the Year. Not to mention, the 2012-13 Leeds United Goal of the Year for a strike against Oxford United. He’s called up to England’s Under-20s in May 2013 for the first time, but unfortunately cannot play due to injury.
Byram moves forward from right back to right wing during the 2014-15 season. He ends that campaign second in the Fans Player of the Year Award behind Alex Mowatt and second in the Young Player of the Year Award behind Lewis Cook. In the following season, three goals and a handful of assists through the month of December 2015 see Byram named Championship Player of the Month. In total, across the four years of his senior career at Leeds, Byram scores ten goals in 143 games in all competitions.
Premier League comes calling
2016 - 2018: During the 2015-16 January transfer window, Byram moves to West Ham United, making his debut under Slaven Bilic in a 2-2 draw against Manchester City. Game time is hard to come by initially, but in 2016-17 he gets 22 matches in all competitions, but only ten in 2017-18.
A brief Championship return
2018 - 2019: Byram is sent on loan to Championship side Nottingham Forest in August 2018, scoring in a penalty shootout on his debut against Bury in the Carabao Cup. However, Byram only plays eight games in all competitions for Forest before the loan spell comes to an end.
The Norwich City years
2019 - Present: Byram returns to the Premier League when he signs for newly promoted Norwich City, providing competition for Jamal Lewis and Max Aarons at full-back. He misses a period of the season through injury, but still manages 20 games in all competitions and pleases fans with his solid performances.