Joe Donnohue has dropped an update on the future of Leeds United right-back Cody Drameh.
In a recent post on Twitter, the Yorkshire Evening Post journalist revealed that, despite the defender’s long-term future at Elland Road previously looking extremely uncertain, after the 20-year-old held talks with Jesse Marsch regarding his place in the Whites squad, the England U21 international is now fully committed to earning a place in the 48-year-old’s starting XI next season.
In his tweet, Donnohue said: “Cody Drameh was Cardiff’s Player of the Season after going on loan in January, but is focused squarely on LUFC now. With [Luke] Ayling (2-4 months) & [Stuart] Dallas (6 months) on crutches, there’s no time like the present. He & Marsch have already spoken of his intention.”
Considering just how exciting a talent Drameh quite clearly is, in addition to it previously looking as if the right-back’s time in LS11 was all but over, Donnohue’s update that the 20-year-old now intends to stay and fight for a place in Marsch’s first team is sure to be news that will have the Elland Road faithful buzzing.
Indeed, over his 22 Championship appearances in 2021/22, the £2.7m-rated full-back more than proved his undoubted ability, registering three assists and creating four big chances for his teammates, as well as making an average of 0.6 key passes and completing 1.1 dribbles per game.
The £4.4k-per-week defender also impressed in metrics more typical of his position, helping Cardiff keep six clean sheets, in addition to making an average of 1.0 interceptions, 3.8 tackles, 2.0 clearances and winning 6.9 duels – at a success rate of 57% – per fixture.
As such, it is clear to see that the defender choosing to remain at Leeds in order to fight for a starting spot ahead of seeking a move away from the club is fantastic news for everyone involved with the Whites, as Drameh undoubtedly boasts the potential to overtake Ayling in Marsch’s right-back pecking order next season.