With over a week down in the 2022 January transfer window, Leeds United have been pretty quiet so far when it comes to incoming or outgoing transfer deals.
However, it seems as though the club could be close to agreeing a deal that some Leeds supporters may not be particularly happy about.
According to a recent Twitter post from Fabrizio Romano, Leeds full-back Cody Drameh is apparently set to join Championship club Cardiff City on loan until the end of the season, describing it as a “done deal.”
Romano also added that Swansea also asked for the defender but he’s going to sign with Cardiff in the coming days and that several Premier League clubs are now monitoring him for next season.
Drameh joined Leeds’ U23 team from Fulham’s U23 side back in August 2020. Since then, the 20-year-old has made 33 appearances for the Yorkshire club’s U23 side, showing how much of a useful attacking force he can be with one goal scored and four assists provided along the way.
The right-back has also made five senior appearances for Leeds, showing that Marcelo Bielsa has not been shy in giving him chances to show what he’s capable of next to some of the more senior players the Argentine has at his disposal.
However, with Leeds only having Luke Ayling, who has been hit with a knee injury this season, and Stuart Dallas, who has had to be deployed in other positions, in their squad as other right-back options it could be a mistake letting Drameh leave halfway through the season in case they get struck down with any more injury issues at the back.
On the other hand, if Drameh were to join a club like Cardiff this month and play regularly for the remainder of the season, this could be a great step for his career development and growth and potentially put him closer to being a regular first-team player at Elland Road.
That said, with the risk of injuries at Leeds a real possibility, letting go of a useful defensive squad option in the hope he has a successful loan spell elsewhere is a massive gamble that could have dire consequences for Leeds if it backfires. As a result, it’s a situation that will leave the Yorkshire club’s supporters sweating heading into the rest of January and beyond if he does indeed leave.