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Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch may have dropped a hint that right-back Cody Drameh could still leave the club before the transfer deadline.

Not many signings are expected in or out of the club in the final days of the transfer window, but there is still business that Marsch and Victor Orta need to conduct.

Major outgoings aren’t on the cards now, but as we’ve seen from the likes of Charlie Cresswell, Tyler Roberts, and Jamie Shackleton, younger players needing game time are able to go to new clubs.

Cody Drameh came back to Thorp Arch this summer looking to make his mark on Marsch’s side after a brilliant loan spell with Cardiff City.

He made his first appearance against Barnsley on Wednesday night and impressed in the process, but it’s unlikely it’s going to yield Premier League starts with Rasmus Kristensen still the first choice, while Luke Ayling nears a return too.

It then begs the question of whether his pathway to Premier League football is actually as clear as it seemed when he first joined, and whether a move away is actually best for his career.

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Marsch discussed the youngster’s prospects at Leeds during his pre-match press conference, potentially alluding to a decision that needs to be made about his long-term future in this window (via Leeds United YouTube):

“I think he’s doing great. Cody and I had some tough conversations at the end of last year when we had him in for training.

“I think he had a very good experience at Cardiff and in his mind, maybe he wanted to stay there. I challenged him to think about challenging himself to be here.

“It was really good that he got games and he was playing well, I watched not every game but I got highlights of most of his games and I watched a lot of his actions.

“Over time, I think he’s enjoyed being here, and in there has played good football. I think, with him, they kind of go hand in hand, and now the key for him is to not need the enjoyment, and need the drive to be the best that he can possibly be, and get out of his comfort zone, which he did by going to Cardiff, but challenge himself at a high level to maximise who he can be every day, and I think he’s done that, in a big way.

“It’s been a pleasure, I’ve seen him grow a lot in the last weeks, I think he’s performed well in the team, I think he’s fit well within the team.

“So, what happens with him going forward, it’s not totally solidified one way or the other, the window is still open, I think he knows he wants to play games, that’s important for him, but we also value having him here, so we’ll see how next week goes and what exactly comes out of it.

“In the moment, I fully think he’s part of the team and the club and has a big future here.”

The way Marsch speaks here strongly suggests, to me, that Drameh will be wanting to leave if the right offer comes in.

He is one of our most talented young players, but he’s got two players to displace if he wants to get into the starting lineup full-time.

I think it would be unfair of us to demand that he stays and sits on the bench for even longer when he’s shown through his move to Cardiff that he can cut it at least at Championship level.

Whether or not we’re willing to accept low offers for him remains to be seen, but he’s definitely now one to keep an eye on in the final days of the window.

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  • Malcolm says:

    Totally ridiculous, our squad is smaller than last season selling everyone buying none, the idea was to increase squad not reduce it, wheres all the money gone, nothing spent in January, loads sold, must be loads left plus reduction in wages, great start, but I worry once we get to halfway point reduced squad and lack of quality, lack of ambition, your all talk again!

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