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Leeds risk losing their own Jude Bellingham

Leeds United‘s academy has produced its fair share of talent over the years with the likes of James Milner and Paul Robinson being some of the finest examples in the club’s history.

More recently, a whole host of potential stars have seen a pathway into the first-team setup, including academy gems like recent game-changer Crycensio Summerville to 16-year-old Archie Gray.

There is often a caveat with this, however, as much bigger clubs often come calling.

In Milner’s case, the Whites were forced to sell him to Newcastle United due to financial problems whilst Robinson, Danny Rose and Jonathan Woodgate all swapped Elland Road for the capital as Tottenham Hotspur came calling.

And now, according to the Daily Mail, a European giant in Borussia Dortmund are taking an invested look into Cody Drameh.

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Such news will only spell trouble for manager Jesse Marsch and the Leeds hierarchy as he’s a very good prospect to have on the books, not just because of his talent but also in relation to the Premier League’s registration rules.

When Der BVB come calling, it’s usually for a reason.

They are no strangers to tapping into the British market and, in particular, snagging young prospects capable of accelerating their way to the top in a bid to earn the club a pretty lucrative profit.

Jadon Sancho – now at Manchester United – is a pretty good example of this, having been poached from their blue rivals many years prior, though the shining light of the lot has been Jude Bellingham, who swapped his hometown club Birmingham City for Germany aged just 17 in 2020.

The Bundesliga side also have England U19 winger Jamie Bynoe-Gittens in their ranks too, so Dortmund’s interest in Drameh would suggest that the Elland Road natives have a pretty big talent within their ranks.

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Indeed, the 20-year-old was named ‘Player of the Year’ at Championship outfit Cardiff City last season, despite only joining them on loan for the second half of the season.

His form and consistency for the Bluebirds led to former manager Steve Morison to describe him as “outstanding” and “phenomenal,” whilst he ranked third overall for average WhoScored rating per game.

The Thorp Arch graduate has just 18 months to run on his current £4.4k-per-week contract, so it’s no wonder Dortmund – as well as Premier League rivals Newcastle United – are tracking him ahead of a potential swoop, which could come as early as January.

It also means they are unlikely to bag as much as Birmingham did for Bellingham as the Germans forked out a whopping €25m (£21.8m) for the teenager, according to the Guardian.

A regular for the U21s, Drameh has only played twice for the senior side this campaign, so the club and the player himself may be inclined to accept any offer that arrives in the near future, though given everything above, that could be a big mistake for Leeds to make.

AND in other news, Marsch could sign Leeds’ perfect Kristensen heir in rarely-seen 20 y/o “one to watch”

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