GFH Capital failed the first test, parting with leading scorer Becchio before the January window closed, although many are arguing that his replacement Morison is a better all round player anyway. The really big test, it seems, will come this summer with Mancini apparently lining up an £8m bid for Byram, if he still has a job at Man City.
Now if Leeds are in the Prem, GFH Capital will probably hold out until January, but if Warnock's resurgent Whites miss out on promotion, will the Arab bank have the balls to turn an offer down? Byram has only recently signed a new contract but who knows what that contract includes - and a sensible agent will have negotiated a release clause should a bigger club come in for the young starlet, a club like Manchester City or even Norwich perhaps.
And £8m would pay back a great chunk of the £24m that the Arab bank are reputed to have paid for a controlling share in the club.
The pill could well be sugared Zaha style, with a season long loan agreed as part of the deal, but if Byram is as good as many think he is, then Leeds should move heaven and earth to hold on to him. As a West Ham fan, I have felt the pain when Rio Ferdinand, Michael Carrick and Glenn Johnson were all sold on at a massive profit for the clubs who stole them from Upton Park; and whilst £8m sounds good now, it could look like peanuts if Byram develops into England's next right back.