Marcelo Bielsa may already regret letting Leeds United gem Cody Drameh depart on loan in January…
The Argentine is never one to stand in a player’s way but the 20-year-old defender was let go at a time when the Whites were suffering from major injuries right across the squad.
Early in the winter transfer window, Drameh made the switch to Championship outfit Cardiff City for the remainder of the season but with no recall clause included in the deal, it could be a damning indication over where his long-term future may lie at Elland Road.
Bielsa has since slammed the youngster’s decision to go.
“I did not think he needed to play games elsewhere. He was a player who was very necessary with all of the absences we have,” he said (via the Daily Mail).
He then added: “Clearly, I calculated things wrongly because what I consider as a great opportunity, those who are benefiting from that position, they prefer to abandon the club looking for another type of competition.
“Evidently, what I imagined as a great chance, they don’t. Perhaps I overvalue that you’re in a 20-man squad in the best league in the world.
“Of course with a player leaving it’s one alternative less. But when a player wants to leave, there’s no point trying to keep them.”
The Argentine resigned in defeat over Drameh and his desire to play more regularly but already, he could regret such a decision. After all, if Bielsa really wanted to keep him in west Yorkshire, he could’ve put his foot down.
Cardiff romped to an emphatic 4-0 victory over Peterborough United in midweek and manager Sean Morrison was left gleaming with delight over the Leeds loanee’s display.
“Barnsley was a horrible game. He’d never experienced anything like that and he came in with a couple of last-ditch tackles right at the death of the game, which was phenomenal.
“Tonight? Pff. It’s a good thing they can’t call him back after that because he was outstanding,” he said (via Wales Online). He went on to claim that he would love to keep hold of him after this spell and given Bielsa’s wrath, there’s every chance that Leeds do not reintegrate him going forward.
Indeed, Drameh provided a neat assist for their third goal. He broke free down the right flank before delivering a cross on a plate for Jordan Hugill to convert from close range.
SofaScore graded the Whites academy product as the best player on the pitch (8.1 rating) as he also put in a crunching seven tackles and won a whopping 13 of his 17 duels, both on the ground and in the air.
Behind vice-skipper Luke Ayling, there isn’t really an alternative right-back option, so if the veteran picks up another injury before the end of the season, there could well be trouble afoot at Elland Road.
That midweek performance alone will surely have Bielsa reeling with regret over the England U21 international. If he continues to keep that up, then Leeds have made one big mistake.