By Tom Blackburn
David Gold has backed “very competent” Sam Byram to make the right-back position his own ahead of Monday’s Premier League opener against Chelsea.
West Ham have had limited full-back options in recent weeks and forgotten man Byram has been forced to fill in at left-back during pre-season and the start of the club’s Europa League campaign.
The London club resolved their left back issues this week with the £6.2million arrival of Arthur Masuaku from Olympiakos, which should allow Byram to move across to his favoured right side.
The 22-year-old has received the backing of Gold via Twitter, as the Hammers chairman responded to a tweet from a supporter asking why the club are not replacing Michail Antonio as their right-back.
Byram joined West Ham in the January transfer window for £3.75million as the Londoners took advantage of his contract situation at Leeds, which was due to expire this summer.
But played just four times for West Ham last season, making a good early impression before receiving a yellow card suspension before picking up a muscle injury.
In the final weeks of the season he failed to regain the defensive role and became something of a forgotten man as right-winger Antonio and centre-back James Tomkins filled in at right-back.
Fit-again Byram is now set for an extended run and is in line to start against Chelsea in Monday’s clash at Stamford Bridge.
In other West Ham news, they give an injury update ahead of Chelsea clash with a trio now available.