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.
Sam spent his youth career at Leeds United’s academy. He played for the Under-18s in 2011/12, scoring several goals as they finished second in the league behind Newcastle United.
Sam made his first team debut for Leeds in August 2012 for a 4-0 win against Shrewsbury Town in the League Cup.
In April 2013, he won the Yorkshire Evening Post Player of the Season award with a resounding 99 percent of the vote, becoming its youngest ever winner.
He also had 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 was called up to England’s Under-20s in May 2013 for the first time, but unfortunately couldn't play due to injury.
Sam moved forward from right back to right wing during the 2014/15 season. He ended 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 saw Sam named Championship Player of the Month. In total, across the four years of his senior career at Leeds, Sam scored 10 goals in 143 games in all competitions.
During the 2015/16 January transfer window, Sam moved to West Ham United, making his debut under Slaven Bilic in a 2-2 draw against Manchester City. Game time was hard to come by initially, but in 2016/17 he got 22 matches in all competitions, but only ten in 2017/18.
Sam was 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, Sam only played eight games in all competitions for Forest before the loan spell came to an end.
Sam returned to the Premier League when he signed for newly promoted Norwich City, providing competition for Jamal Lewis and Max Aarons at full-back. He missed a period of the season through injury, but still managed 20 games in all competitions and pleased fans with his solid performances.
Unfortunately, Sam was unable to feature during the 2020/21 title-winning season due to a long-term recovery from injury.