The Whites are looking to tap into the youth market every transfer window, and it’s baring fruits with young stars scoring and setting up goals each week in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Cody Drameh is finding himself frustrated as he lacks the game time his under-21 colleagues are getting.
It has led to reports from Fabrizio Romano claiming that Newcastle United and Borussia Dortmund are two of the clubs looking into signing him in the new year.
Here, we look at three replacements for the right-back that Leeds could target if they lose Drameh…
Up first is a player who has already been linked with a move to Leeds in West Ham’s Harrison Ashby.
The full-back is out of contract at the end of this season and would be available on a very cheap deal after reportedly rejecting a new contract with the Irons.
At 21-years-old, he’s another player who might be needing more game time this season, but signing him with a view to an immediate loan into the Championship could be the way to go.
He’s in a similar position to what Sonny Perkins was in last summer in that he looks almost certain to leave the London Stadium and on the cusp of minutes in the senior team, but not quite there yet.
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In the Championship now, we have West Brom full-back Taylor Gardner-Hickman, who is performing very well in a side that has largely been poor this season.
Carlos Corberan’s appointment at the Hawthorns has seen them win three on the bounce since, with Garnder-Hickman trading his place at right-back for one in defensive midfield since mid-October.
At just 20, the defender is showing his quality and intelligence to play more than one position very well in a gruelling Championship.
Gardner-Hickman might come at a significant cost, though, given he is contracted until 2026.
Moving abroad now with a look at Anderlecht’s 17-year-old right-back Noah Sadiki.
The teenager has eight league appearances to his name for the Belgian giants this term and one assist, an impressive run at such a tender age.
He is contracted to Anderlecht until the summer of 2023, but his club hold the option of extending it a further year. Still, he’s only got a maximum of 18 months left on his deal as things stand.
If Leeds are looking for a new right-back, they need someone with more time on their side to develop into a player who can eventually take over from Luke Ayling or Rasmus Kristensen.
Sadiki is already showing he’s ready for some capacity of senior football.