Cody Drameh has enjoyed something of a breakout season in senior football, after a successful loan spell at Cardiff City.
The 20-year-old right back joined the Bluebirds in January of 2022, and yet still managed to pick up their ‘Player of the Season’ award despite only half a season in Wales.
Drameh headlines a list of many eligible young talents that Leeds have brewing, with Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood also both impressing this season.
His fine half-season at Cardiff earned considerable praise from his boss Steve Morison, who labelled one of his performances as “phenomenal”, joking “I’ll be the first to put my hand in the air to ask if I can have him back!”
The current situation at Leeds could present the perfect opportunity for Drameh to now breakthrough, with Dallas and Ayling both out with a long-term injuries, and the latter also disgraced after his horror tackle at Arsenal, which saw him branded an “idiot” by Jamie Carragher on Sky Sports (via talkSPORT).
The youngster’s three assists this season also dwarfs that of Ayling’s two, as well as his 6.92 average SofaScore rating, which sees him ranked fourth among his Cardiff teammates and well above Ayling’s measly 6.61.
With his attacking output clearly quite high and equally impressive defensive numbers (3.8 tackles and 2.0 clearances per game), Drameh has reportedly spoken to Jesse Marsch about assurances for the coming season. Respected Leeds journalist Joe Donnohue stated that:
“Drameh is understood to have already spoken with Marsch and intends to stake a claim for regular first-team football in 2022/23, regardless of injuries to other players in his position.
“The possibility of another loan this summer cannot be ruled out, but Drameh’s preference remains senior action at Elland Road.”
Having already proven he can compete at a senior level, and outperform most, the full-back has every right to return to Leeds with huge faith that he can be the one to succeed the now 30-year-old Ayling.
The only threat appears to be the imminent signing of Rasmus Kristensen, but with his ‘Player of the Season’ award draped over him, Drameh can feel quietly confident of competing with Marsch’s potential newest acquisition.