Leeds United U21s continued their fantastic start to their Premier League 2 campaign on Monday evening, with Michael Skubala’s youth side running out 1-0 winners against Sunderland, extending their unbeaten run to eight games in 2022/23.
However, after scoring 20 goals over their last four outings in all competitions, three points were much harder to come by at the Stadium of Light, with Wilfried Gnonto’s second-half strike being all that separated the two teams on the night.
Although, while the Italian forward was once again a livewire for the U21s, it was arguably the performance of Cody Drameh that will have most made Jesse Marsch sit up and take notice on Monday evening, as the right-back turned in yet another fine display.
Indeed, while £10m summer signing Rasmus Kristensen has looked solid in a defensive capacity so far this season, the Denmark international has not exactly contributed in an attacking capacity – being yet to score, register an assist or create a big chance over his seven Premier League appearances, as well as completing an average of just 0.3 crosses per game.
And, considering how impressive Drameh was going forwards against Sunderland, should Marsch wish to add a bit more attacking impetus on the right of his backline in the coming weeks, the 20-year-old would appear well worth consideration.
Indeed, the Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Joe Donnohue described the full-back as “a threat on the attack with some good, aggressive runs” against the Black Cats, something the England U21 international demonstrated when picking the ball up on the edge of the opposition penalty area before unleashing a furious drive against the post early in the second half.
Following the match, Skubala also took the time to praise the youngster, stating (via Leeds Live): “Cody, [who] I think goes under the radar, he’s had three really top games and against a good winger [Jewison Bennette] – Cody was controlling him.”
The £2.7m-rated talent also proved his ability in a creative capacity in the 4-0 win over Stoke City last time out, registering two assists against the Potters – the first of which was a dangerous low cross that Mateo Joseph turned home, before once again setting up the Spaniard with an inch-perfect cutback after a bursting run down the wing.
As such, should Marsch wish to add slightly more attacking edge to his wide defensive positions in the coming months, the £4.4k-per-week full-back who Steve Morrison dubbed a “Duracell Bunny” would appear something of a perfect fit for the American – with the 20-year-old’s display on Monday once again suggesting that the full-back is first-team ready.