Leeds United have an exciting batch of youngsters but Cody Drameh is definitely among the brightest prospects in the Under-23s squad.

The likes of Crysencio Summerville, Sam Greenwood and Joe Gelhardt often win the plaudits of fans because they are exciting, attacking players.

Greenwood’s free-kick and Gelhardt’s hat-trick against West Brom on Monday led to another round of praise for the youngsters, and rightly so.

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They are clearly very talented and have very promising futures at the club, and we are very much looking forward to how they develop over the coming months and years.

However, we feel Drameh is often overlooked at centre-back and actually might have the best chance of winning over Marcelo Bielsa out of the current U23 crop.

He is yet to be given time on the pitch for the first-team but we think that may be because the Argentine does not want to disrupt his development.

Drameh has been a consistent performer in Premier League 2 this season and his form was recognised with a nomination for the player of the month award in February.

Leeds U23 commentator Thomas Hill has also been wowed by his appearances this term.

He said after a match this month, “Tremendous display yet again, Drameh outstanding for the 3056th week in a row.”

Hill watches Drameh every week so is best placed to judge the 19-year-old and compare him to his teammates.

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The forward trio mentioned above usually contribute goals and assists but our defensive record has also been brilliant.

In 21 Premier League 2 games, we have conceded only 25 goals – it is little wonder we have only lost four games as a result.

Getting back to Bielsa, since arriving he has given opportunities to several youngsters but it tends to be defenders who make the step up.

Pascal Struijk has forged his way into the side this term while Jamie Shackleton has often played at right-back.

Fellow defenders Niall Huggins, Leif Davis and Oliver Casey have all featured for the first-team this year too, so Drameh could be the next player to follow in their footsteps.

To do so he must maintain his current level of performance and show the composure that Bielsa requires from his centre-backs on and off the ball.

With safety all but guaranteed we expect to see Drameh at some point, though the returns of Robin Koch and Gaetano Berardi may limit his opportunities, for this season at least.

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