Byram feeling fit and ready to get stuck in to Premier League challenge for City
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Sam Byram is feeling fit and ready to impress at Norwich City, after successfully emerging as injury cover at full-back again for Daniel Farke in the Premier League.
The 26-year-old was signed from West Ham for just £750,000 this summer after seeing injuries curtail his progress in recent seasons and covered for Max Aarons at right-back during the 3-2 home win over Manchester City in September.
With Aarons soon reclaiming his place Byram has had to be patient but with Jamal Lewis nursing a minor knee problem, the Leeds academy product impressed at left-back during Saturday's 2-0 win at Everton.
"I played there a few times in pre-season for West Ham and then the match against Manchester United the other week (replacing Lewis), but not a great deal," Bryam said of his left-back experience. "But for me I'm happy to be on the pitch and to help the team win.
"I've been practising a lot with my left foot, with Jamal being out with a niggle I needed to be ready.
"So I've been practising in my spare time and I feel like I'm getting better and more naturally two-sided, so I feel comfortable with it."
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The defender dealt with the threat of former England winger Theo Walcott well, demonstrating his resilience and physicality.
"I love defending, as a defender that's your main job," he added. "A lot of modern day full-backs attack first but for me I love defending as much as attacking and it's something that I pride myself on, trying to get the better of the winger and really help the team be solid."
He was also involved in plenty of City's attacking work on the left as well, missing a golden chance to put City 2-0 up from a Kenny McLean shot during the second half - only to get his header totally wrong.
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"I don't know what I was doing with the header!" he said with a laugh. "But I'll work on that and hopefully the next time I'm playing I'll be able to help the team with a goal."
Lewis could be back in contention ahead of Sunday's home clash with Arsenal but Byram is hoping to get more game time, after finally shaking off his injury issues.
He continued: "I've been fit all season and I've felt the fittest I have in the last two years.
"It's a team game and there's 23 or 24 players in a squad but for me I just have to be patient and when I get the chance try and do the best that I can."