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Leeds: Beren Cross drops Cody Drameh claim

Beren Cross has dropped an update on the future of Leeds United right-back Cody Drameh.

What’s been said?

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In a recent Q&A on Leeds Live, the journalist revealed that, should Jesse Marsch’s side suffer relegation from the Premier League this season, he would expect the 20-year-old to remain at Elland Road in order to compete for first-team minutes with Luke Ayling in the Championship next term.

However, the journalist also stated his belief that, if the Whites were to secure survival on the final day of the current campaign, the England under-21 international could once again find himself preparing for a temporary move away from LS11 in the summer transfer window.

Regarding the defender’s future, Cross said: “Drameh’s deal also expires in 2024. In the second tier, I would back him to stay and duke it out with Ayling for starts, but in the PL he may not quite be ready for the quantity of minutes he is looking for.

“His recent comments would suggest he wants another loan if he’s not getting the lion’s share of starts. Surely Leeds would only consider a sale of such an asset with a decent fee and plenty of add-ons.”

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Considering how impressive Drameh was during his short-term loan at Cardiff City this season, and with Luke Ayling looking as if he could be ruled out of action for around four months after undergoing knee surgery, it would seem advisable for Marsch to finally give the 20-year-old a shot in the first-team.

Indeed, over his 22 Championship appearances in the current campaign, the £2.7m-rated defender was in fantastic form for the Bluebirds, providing three assists and creating four big chances for his team-mates, in addition to making 0.6 key passes and completing 1.1 dribbles per game.

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WHO IS THE PLAYER?

The £4.4k-per-week full-back also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, helping Cardiff to keep six clean sheets, along with making one interception, 3.8 tackles and two clearances and winning 6.9 duels (at a success rate of 57%) per match.

These metrics saw the player who Steve Morison dubbed a “Duracell Bunny” average a splendid SofaScore match rating of 6.92, ranking him as Cardiff’s fourth-best performer in the Championship.

As such, regardless of which division the Whites find themselves in next season, it would very much appear as if Drameh has proven that he deserves a shot in Marsch’s senior squad ahead of 2022/23.

Should the England youth international go on to thrive in the absence of Ayling, the decision to finally unleash the 20-year-old on the right of the Whites’ backline could be one which ends up saving the club millions of pounds in the transfer market.

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