Leeds made a raft of changes for their EFL Cup clash against Barnsley where, barring a scare at the end of the first half, Leeds were in control.
A 3-1 win saw solid performances from the youngsters, including a bullish Cody Drameh who was eager to showcase why he’s in first-team contention under Jesse Marsch.
The right-back came back to Leeds after a strong loan spell with Cardiff City, where he won the club’s Player of the Season award despite only playing for them since January.
However, the move only came after he forced the agenda with Marcelo Bielsa in the winter, eager to get playing time rather than being sat on the bench, only getting minutes when injuries occurred.
Should Leeds sell Cody Drameh?
Jesse Marsch’s non-committal comments on whether he could be due to leave before the end of this current transfer window have only fuelled talk that he could leave (via Leeds United’s YouTube):
“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.”
Now, the Yorkshire Evening Post have built on these comments, and have reported that the 20-year-old is not looking to push through a move:
“Unlike in January, when he knocked on Marcelo Bielsa’s door and asked to leave, Drameh is not pushing for an exit this time.”
I can’t see Drameh not being eager to make his mark in the Premier League this season, but he needs to realise that game time is more likely elsewhere.
With Rasmus Kristensen and Luke Ayling vying for the starting spot, Drameh will struggle a lot to get regular time.
The EFL Cup looks like the place where Drameh will play for us but that’s not enough for him to develop.
The situation needs resolving, and I wouldn’t be opposed to him getting a good permanent move sorted.