Fabrizio Romano has claimed that Leeds United are doing everything they can to keep Cody Drameh at Elland Road beyond the summer – but it is surely too little, too late as the defender looks more than likely to leave permanently.

Drameh, 21, has starred out on loan for Luton. His second loan away from Leeds in two seasons. Last term, he found his path into the senior side blocked by Luke Ayling – and he went on loan to Cardiff in the January transfer window.

He won Player of the Season despite only playing for six months. He returned in the summer, but again, struggled for game time – with Leeds buying Rasmus Kristensen. It saw him go on loan to Luton, and he has since starred.

Indeed, he has played 18 times for Rob Edwards’ side – helping Luton reach the Championship play-off final. He has been brilliant for Luton and with Premier League football on the horizon, it might be that he joins Luton permanently.

Reports from the YEP state that his exit from Leeds on a permanent basis is “inevitable”. Romano has since reported that Leeds are doing all they can to keep him at Elland Road. At this stage, it’s surely too late for Leeds to tempt him.

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Leeds doing everything to keep Drameh but it is surely too little, too late

Drameh has been forced to watch from the sidelines, or in the 21’s for the entirety of his Leeds spell after joining the club from Fulham in 2020. He has done what is needed to impress, go out on loan, only for his chances to remain.

Leeds signed a replacement instead of giving him a chance. Drameh is now likely to go, while the club are desperate to keep him. But Leeds being keen to keep him is a realisation that they have a serious talent – but it is all too late.

If Leeds do keep him, they have to start him. He might not be Luke Ayling’s standard just yet, but his potential far exceeds what Ayling brings to the team. Unfortunately, Leeds have burnt their bridge with Drameh, and he will exit.

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