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Report: Leeds United weighing up ambitious defender as solution to double blow picked up late in 2021/22

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Cody Drameh is keen to put forward his case to be Leeds United’s right back in the absence of both Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas.

Leeds have survived their second season in the Premier League, albeit by the skin of their teeth, beating Brentford on the final day as Burnley lost out to Newcastle United.

However, the last month has seen Jesse Marsch lose two key senior players to injury in Ayling and Dallas, and they are set to miss pre-season and the start of 2022/23.

Ayling has had surgery on his knee and will be missing for 2-4 months, whilst Dallas has suffered a femoral fracture and there’s no real timescale on his return, although Marsch is expecting it to be longer than six months.

That leaves Leeds without their two recognised senior right-backs, with Robin Koch filling in over the final couple of Premier League fixtures in 2021/22.

However, the Yorkshire Evening Post are reporting that Drameh has indicated to Marsch that he wants to throw his name into the ring for the right-back position over pre-season.

Drameh, 20, made three Premier League appearances under Marcelo Bielsa before moving out on loan with Cardiff City in the Championship.

During his time in South Wales, Drameh made 22 appearances for Cardiff, registering three assists and earning the club’s Player of the Year award.

Does Drameh have a future at Leeds?





Drameh has really benefitted from going out on loan in 2022 and he’s earned the chance to prove himself to Marsch in the absence of Ayling and Dallas.

Right now, you feel that Leeds probably need to source some senior cover for Ayling in the summer transfer window, whilst Drameh could go back out on loan to develop further.

However, it’ll be good for Drameh to show Marsch what he can do and convince supporters that he’s developed into a senior player whilst out on loan.

As we mentioned, he’s earned that chance now and Leeds need to at least consider him at the start of next season.

There’s absolutely no harm in that.

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