By George Overhill

16th Nov, 2022 | 12:10pm

Cody Drameh looks set for Leeds United exit after Jesse Marsch words in past week

Cody Drameh may already be set for Leeds United exit based on what Jesse Marsch’s said on the youngster’s recent absence.

Fabrizio Romano reported on 14 November that the 20-year-old is attracting plenty of interest for a January move, with Newcastle, Dortmund, Lille and Bayer Leverkusen all chasing his signature.

Given that he appeared to have proven his worth on loan at Cardiff in the second half of last season, and hasn’t been given much chance back at Elland Road this year, it sounds feasible that the youngster would be interested in taking one of those opportunities, and there are signs that it might already be on the cards.

The right-back seemed sure to at least be on the bench for the Carabao Cup game against Wolves on 9 November, but Luke Ayling played the full 90 minutes and Drameh was nowhere to be seen.

In his pre-match press conference ahead of the Tottenham game a day later Marsch laid out all the injuries in his squad early, but didn’t reveal the defender’s situation until specifically asked about it later on, saying (25min): “The plan was to have him in the squad, and he said he wasn’t physically ready.

“He said he felt he was injured so then we didn’t put him in the squad.”

There is no implication that Drameh refused to take part for spurious reasons, but having seen the writing on the wall for his chances this season he is sure to have become aware of the growing interest in him.

If he felt a slight issue in the build up to the Wolves trip, forcing himself through it for the sake of a cup game that ultimately saw the club limp out of the competition 1-0 might not have held the same motivation that it otherwise would have done had he been kept more heavily involved.

It seems clear that Marsch considers his absence a separate issue from the rest of his squad, considering he offered updates on the likes of Archie Gray without prompting.

That in itself could be a sign that he is aware that Drameh is on his way out of Elland Road in January, but even if nothing has been decided yet it won’t do anything to change the perception of the former Fulham youth player’s prospects.

He has made two first team appearances this year, out of a total of seven in his Leeds United career, despite injuries to Stuart Dallas and Ayling, as well as Rasmus Kristensen’s struggles to adapt.

Cardiff loved him last year, and according to Romano there is a queue of big teams who also see value in him, but there doesn’t seem to be the same view in West Yorkshire.

Whatever the reason for that, Marsch’s latest reveal won’t do anything to decrease the likelihood he is on his way in the winter window.

In other Leeds United news, the baffling refereeing decision at Tottenham left a pundit tearing his hear out on Sky Sports.