There will be several supporters up and down the country waiting for the international break to end, but Leeds United star Sam Byram has welcomed it.
The Yorkshire giants are currently in the midst of some impressive form, having won eight of their last 13 games in the Championship. This sequence includes victories over promotion hopefuls Bournemouth, Middlesbrough and Ipswich Town, whilst two sides who have recently been in the top-flight, Fulham and Wigan Athletic, have also been defeated.
Unfortunately for Leeds, whilst this has seen them banish any threat of being dragged into a relegation fight, they have left this run too late as they stand 15 points off the playoffs. There is now optimism they can continue to press up the table, though, and Byram believes the international break will help him and his pals recharge their batteries.
“It’s nice to have the rest,” he told the official club website. “There are a lot of lads who I think needed the break. We’ve had a lot of games in the weeks coming up to this and there’s also a lot packed into a short space after the international break. I think the rest will do us all good. With the run of games we’ve got coming up, I think it will do the boys good.”
Leeds remain just outside the top-half of the table, but they are only a point behind Sheffield Wednesday whilst they will also feel ninth-placed Nottingham Forest, just five points ahead, are also within sight. Neil Redfearn’s men resume their league campaign on Saturday afternoon with the visit of Blackburn Rovers, who they will leapfrog with a win.