The air over a move for Ipswich’s Tyrone Mings was calmed as far back as November when Wenger confirmed that the club were monitoring him but nothing was going to be done by way of bidding this January. Well, it appears Arsenal are also keeping track of another 21-year old in the lower tiers, Leeds’ Sam Bryam.
Leeds’ owner Massimo Cellino has made headlines for all manner of financial controversy, leading to a host of interior fractions within the club which could see the departure of some of the clubs’young leading lights. Arsenal will have some rivalry from Merseyside, particularly Liverpool, in the race for the youngster.
The Express revealed that Leeds had actually rejected a bid from Southampton to buy him last summer but surely a war of bids between Arsenal and Liverpool should lead to offers that might just be too good to turn down.
Since making his debut at Elland Road in 2012, Sam has become one of the regular features in the Leeds backline with over 90 League appearances for the whites. That debut season was a monumental success for the teenager at the time, eventually leading to him being voted as the Leeds Players’, Young Player, Supporters’ Club Player and Fans’ Player of the Year at the end of the 2012/2013 season.
But then, he is a right back who has as much pace and attacking inclination to warrant comparisons with the left-footed ex-Spurs player, Gareth Bale. Not the matter of the affiliation to Bale but the fact that we appear quite stocked in that area at the moment, as there are even opinions that Carl Jenkinson should not bother returning from his loan at West Ham – where he has been really very good – due to the impressions made by 19-year old Hector Bellerin. The boy racer has won many hearts by his mature performance at the Etihad and is many persons’ first choice deputy to Mattieu Debuchy while Calum Chambers should be considered a center back in the long term.
It would still be worth it to follow up Sam, though, as his attacking ability may see him develop into a forward other than a defender and in that sense – seeing where Bale is now – you cannot say it will be a waste or a surplus.
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