Jesse Marsch has told his pre-match press conference that Cody Drameh has been fantastic in recent weeks and backed the right-back for a big future at Leeds United.
Over the last few weeks, it has appeared that Drameh may well be one player to leave Elland Road in January. Fabrizio Romano noted that a host of clubs, including Borussia Dortmund and Newcastle, were monitoring the right-back.
Meanwhile, the Yorkshire Evening Post reported that he was one player Leeds would consider permanent offers for. His contract expires at the end of next season. And it was claimed that there was little chance of a new deal being agreed.
Marsch praises Cody Drameh
It seemed ominous on Wednesday when he was the only outfield player in the squad to not feature against Monaco in their final mid-season friendly.
He has been third choice at right-back this season, behind Rasmus Kristensen and Luke Ayling. So it is really hard to see Drameh getting the chance he needs to prove what he can do.
However, Marsch has issued a really interesting update on Drameh ahead of Leeds’ clash with Manchester City. And given his comments, it is now hard to see the defender leaving permanently anytime soon.
“Cody has been fantastic over the last month. And I’m so happy that we have gotten to a point with him where he feels so energised by what we’re doing, and engaged. And then, the decision will be how to continue to push him in the direction for him to be an important player at this club which I think he will be,” he told his press conference.
“He’s done really well. And I’m really happy for him.”
Whites face dilemma over when to unleash defender
Marsch’s comments certainly hint that Drameh is going to get an opportunity. The problem for Leeds is deciding when that chance will come.
Our next three games see us face Manchester City, Newcastle and West Ham. Not only is that a daunting run, but they could make the following games all the more difficult, too.
Perhaps Marsch is considering loaning Drameh out again. Ayling is not going to be around the side forever. So a temporary exit could make sense for all parties.
But if Marsch has been so impressed by the 21-year-old more recently, perhaps the time has come to give him a proper opportunity.