3 reasons why Leeds United sanctioning EFL loan exit makes perfect sense

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Leeds United right-back Cody Drameh has joined Luton Town on loan for the remainder of the 2022/23 campaign, seeking important game time at Kenilworth Road.

The Whites have allowed plenty of players the chance to leave the club on loan this month, and Cody Drameh is the latest.

Having struggled for regular minutes under Jesse Marsch this season, the manager confirmed in his pre-match press conference that the defender was due to sign for Luton Town on loan.

The Hatters find themselves firmly in the hunt for promotion this season as they sit just outside the play-offs.

Here, we look at three reasons why Leeds sanctioning this exit for Drameh makes a lot of sense…

He’s not leaving permanently

The main thing to look at with this agreement is that Leeds are looking to keep hold of the full-back beyond this season.

Letting him go on the cheap on a permanent transfer would have been a huge mistake, knowing hiw much potential he has for the future.

Rasmus Kristensen hasn’t set the world alight since joining, and Luke Ayling is out of contract in the summer, so Drameh should be aiming to come back from Luton with a bit between his teeth, aiming to make that starting spot his own.

Crucial game-time again

As was the case last season with a move to Cardiff City, Drameh is going to have the second half of the season likely as first-choice at Luton.

The Hatters have lost James Bree to Nathan Jones’ Southampton, and that means there is a vacancy where the 21-year-old can make that spot his own.

Another six-month spell of very good performances stands him in good stead to come back to Leeds a far more refined player.

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A side with something to play for

No disrespect to Cardiff last season, but Drameh went there with little game-day pressure on shoulders as they were relatively comfortable in the relegation battle.

However, a move to Luton is at the better end of the table, where every point is going to matter in the back end of this season.

Should Drameh be able to help his side climb into a play-off spot, there is growing pressure on every single minute he plays, knowing he could contribute to promotion.

That sort of environment can bring on his development even more, especially given that the side in general are just better.

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