Jesse Marsch handed out four first-team debuts as Leeds United suffered defeat to Wolves – and while there were positives, Cody Drameh was nowhere to be seen and it might be, he has missed his last chance to shine for Leeds.
In what was a much-changed side from the win over Bournemouth, Leeds were impressive to start. That is, even with Joel Robles, Darko Gyabi, Sonny Perkins and Mateo Joseph all making their debuts. But they did not take advantage.
Leo Hjelde and Joe Gelhardt also started, as did fringe players Luke Ayling, Diego Llorente, Junior Firpo and Mateusz Klich. Jack Harrison was the only player to start from Saturday. Boubacar Traore got the only goal of the game.
But there were positives. Sonny Perkins earned praise from Rene Maric after the game, while Luke Ayling’s stats will act as a reminder of what he can do, to Marsch. But Drameh was missing, ahead of what could be an exit in January.
Drameh missed his last chance to shine for Leeds
The reason for Drameh’s absence, even on the bench, was not made public. That is, despite coming off on the hour mark against Newcastle for the 21’s on Monday – in what looked like a pre-planned sub. It might have been an injury.
Nevertheless, whether he was simply left out or missing due to injury, Drameh missed what might have been his last chance to play for Leeds before January. He certainly will not play in the Premier League before the January market.
We wrote earlier this season that Drameh’s future is unlikely to be at Leeds. The Whites have Rasmus Kristensen, and Ayling who as stated, was impressive. He is firmly, third-choice right-back. Under-21’s football is beneath him.
Certainly, having won Cardiff City’s Player of the Season award last season – despite only playing for the second half of the season. Wolves, in the Cup, was his last chance to show Marsch what he can do. Instead, he was missing.
Whether that was down to injury, simply not being picked or for another reason – who knows. But it looks as if Drameh will be off in January, and if such a move does occur, it is probably the best thing for his career right now.