Sam Byram impressed at Nottingham Forest whilst on a season-long loan from West Ham United.
The 25-year-old right-back may have only made eight appearances for the Reds, but he did enough to show his class. It was clear for all to see why he was able to secure a move to the Premier League club a couple of years prior.
The full-back suffered a knee injury in the Carabao Cup victory over Newcastle United at the beginning of last season which required surgery. This scuppered the defender’s progress just as he was starting to get going.
He made his return under the management of Martin O’Neill on the 9 April in the heavy defeat to Sheffield Wednesday. It wasn’t the ideal occasion for him to mark his return to action.
However, he was able to make a further four appearances before the conclusion of the season. In these games, he proved that he could be a valuable asset to the Reds moving forward.
Due to his quality at this level, it wasn’t ever going to be an easy task to lure him back to the City Ground. The recent managerial change is only likely to have thrown another spanner in the works.
Sabri Lamouchi might not even be keen on bringing the 25-year-old back to the club. He does already have a competent right-back in the form of Tendayi Darikwa at his disposal.
It does seem unlikely that Byram will remain at the London Stadium to fight for his place. The likes of Ryan Fredericks and Pablo Zabaleta are both ahead of him in the pecking order, meaning his chances of first team action look slim.
However, the Reds wouldn’t be the only side potentially interested in securing his services if he was to move away this summer.
According to the Daily Star, West Ham had offered £10 million plus Sam Byram and Jordan Hugill in exchange for Salomón Rondón.
This goes to show that the Reds may have to compete with some of their Championship rivals for the defender’s signature.
It will certainly be interesting to see whether the Reds reignite their interest in the defender despite their managerial change in the coming weeks.