After clinching his signing from fellow Premier League side Fulham, Leeds have understandably been cautious with Cody Drameh.
The 19-year-old is yet to make an appearance for Marcelo Bielsa’s first-team this season, instead, he’s been spending most of his time with the club’s U23s, where he has been shining at Premier League 2 level.
The young right-back has been a permanent fixture in Mark Jackson’s side, with the U23s recently clinching the Division 2 title after a victory over Aston Villa. However, now is the perfect time to get him some senior action/
In Drameh, Leeds see someone who has a really bright future in the game, with The Athletic’s Phil Hay making it clear just how highly they rate him behind the scenes.
He said: “When they were signing players like Drameh for example, they were talking about him being a long-term successor to Luke Ayling. Ayling is coming up to 30, he’s not coming towards the latter stages of his career, but he’s advanced now in years.
“Whereas Drameh is very young, and because of the talent he has, and he has looked extremely good in the U23s games, they hope that there is a Premier League right-back there who they’ve signed for a small fee from Fulham who will ultimately be worth a lot more down the line.”
Drameh’s potential is there for all to see, with Eredivisie scout Xander Wilkinson raving about his defensive nous, saying: “Defensively so impressive! His mind works quicker than most right-backs I’ve seen in a naturally defensive mindset. Tactically very aware of what is being asked of him, times his engagements well, needs to add a little more unpredictability going forward.”
LUTV commentator Tom Hill meanwhile described Cody Drameh as a “box of tricks” a couple of months ago after an impressive performance against Sunderland, and that bodes well for his future as a more adventurous full-back.
With the Premier League now in its closing stages, and Leeds unlikely to really make a late charge for a European spot for next season, now is surely the time for Bielsa to unleash someone like Drameh and give him a taste of what it’s like playing in the big time in a relatively relaxed time of the season as he may be forced to play him in the next campaign, and throwing him into the heat of battle untested at this level during a potentially more crucial period could be a big risk.