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Sky Sports’ transfer centre (July 3, 13:15) confirmed that Leeds have made a third bid for Fulham youngster Cody Drameh.
Sky Sports’ original report was then picked up by the Yorkshire Evening Post, who stated that the full-back had been described as the ‘next Ryan Sessegnon’, seemingly referring to a piece written by HITC a few weeks prior.
These comparisons are probably a little lazy though. To look at Drameh and see a young full-back from Fulham who likes to go forward and call him the ‘next Sessegnon’ is just too easy, and anyone who had seen either player on the pitch would quickly see that they’re not similar at all.
HITC’s original article comparing the two youngsters stated that Drameh is a player who “likes to get forward and showcase his attacking prowess.” And while that is true, he does so in such a different way to his Fulham teammate that there should be no comparisons drawn up.
Fans shouldn’t take the Sessegnon comparison at face value as a more in-depth look at his overall game shows that he is an entirely different player.
Whereas Sessegnon’s best work is usually done in and around the six-yard box due to his fantastic positioning, Drameh acts as a much more conventional full-back.
The article then pointed towards a sensational goal that Drameh had scored in order to back their point, but the facts are that his brilliant finish shown in that video was, in fact, his only goal of the season in 28 appearances for the various youth teams and the first team.
While Sessegnon’s goalscoring ability earned him numerous awards in the Championship, it is Drameh’s pace and stamina which catches the eye at right-back.
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His player profile on Fulham’s website state that his lung-bursting performances earnt him and England call-up for one of the youth teams, whereas his attacking prowess isn’t mentioned at all.
The Tottenham target seamlessly made the transition to the wing, but that doesn’t seem to be the path that Leeds’ target is on.
Indeed, the Whites will be getting a highly-rated prospect from Fulham if they land Drameh, but in all actuality, he is nothing like the 19-year-old he has been compared to.