With Leeds sitting top of Premier League 2, there are plenty of reasons to be hopeful for the future at Elland Road.
They have a plethora of young talent all beginning to compete for first-team places. We’ve already seen the likes of Niall Huggins, Sam Greenwood and Charlie Cresswell earn debuts this season.
Though, rather surprisingly, we’re yet to see some of their more talented forwards earn minutes.
That goes for Joe Gelhardt and Crysenscio Summerville, two young attackers who were playing senior football last term.
Gelhardt could now finally get his opening with Patrick Bamford injured but another man who deserves an opportunity in the senior side is Cody Drameh.
The right-back has been in scintillating form for the U23s but with Luke Ayling ahead of him in the pecking order, it’s easier said than done to get a look in.
However, Drameh is a marvellous talent who appears to be getting better all the time, standing out in the club’s 2-1 win over Newcastle this week.
He was given an 8/10 rating by Leeds Live reporter Joe Donnohue who gave him the following review: “Stood up to the task of facing a Premier League-calibre winger in Christian Atsu relatively well. Matched the Ghanaian physically and stepped out of defence as he likes to do.”
Atsu might not be the most dangerous winger in the Premier League but it bodes well that he was able to deal with a seasoned professional like that with such ease.
Considering Drameh’s best attributes are offensive, this was another plus point to tell Marcelo Bielsa about.
This performance came just weeks after the 19-year-old played a key role in the U23s win over Sunderland. He was described as a “box of tricks” by Leeds commentator Tom Hill before Donnohue waxed lyrical about him again.
“Drameh’s flicks, tricks and backheels were a welcome addition to his game. His constant running in behind meant Sunderland were pinned back on that side of the pitch, which contributed to Leeds’ complete dominance,” the reporter wrote.
Gelhardt has often been the most talked-about young talent at Leeds this term but Drameh deserves equal attention as the former Wigan forward.
With an impressive 2.5 tackles per game under his belt in this season’s Papa John’s Trophy, he is not just about the fancy tricks. Drameh has plenty in his locker and should be strongly considered by the management team at senior level.