Defender Cody Drameh choosing to stay at Leeds United in the summer would be a “stunning development” in the ongoing debate concerning his future, says Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth.
Transfer speculation surrounding Drameh has been widespread in recent times, especially after the impressive displays he has put in whilst on loan in the Championship for two consecutive seasons.
The 21-year-old was named Cardiff City’s player of the season in the 2021/22 campaign – despite only arriving at the club in January – and has also become a fan favourite at Kenilworth Road by helping Luton reach the play-off final this term.
Despite consistently impressing in the second-tier, Drameh has struggled to make the right-back berth his own at Leeds, having his route to the first team blocked by club stalwart Luke Ayling and last year’s summer signing Rasmus Kristensen.
According to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano, the Hatters are keen to take advantage of the English youngster’s discontent at his position in West Yorkshire, and are looking to permanently sign Drameh despite “Leeds trying [their] hardest to keep him”.
Fellow Premier League club Newcastle United and Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund have both also been linked to signing the Whites man.
Now, in a recent Q&A for YEP [17 May], Smyth has provided his perspective on Drameh’s future at Leeds – claiming it would be a “stunning development” were he to choose to stay.
“Cody Drameh staying would be a stunning development. His camp have already made it clear he’s off, because there simply hasn’t been a pathway for him to senior football at Leeds, despite persistent talk of one.
“It never materialised. Luke Ayling and Rasmus Kristensen were blocking his path before he went out for another successful loan and you have to ask if Leeds are better off because of it.”
The prospect of staying at Leeds would certainly seem more tempting were the West Yorkshire club to retain their Premier League status this season – something that a win against West Ham on Sunday will be crucial to achieving.