By Mark Smith

29th Nov, 2022 | 12:40pm

Leeds United must sell Luke Ayling rather than Cody Drameh as January transfer news emerges

Leeds United and Cody Drameh have always enjoyed a strange relationship since he joined the club from Fulham, and it could be set to come to an end.

The Yorkshire Evening Post has reported that a parting of ways is expected in January with the camp of the player predicting serious interest from around Europe.

It will be an abrupt end to his years at Elland Road that have resulted in few senior appearances and a loan spell away after going against Marcelo Bielsa.

Having said that all of that, this could be a real January blunder.

Just look at the clubs interested with the likes of Borussia Dortmund a potential next destination for the young right-back who surely has a future wherever he goes.

Victor Orta and Jesse Marsch will simply get this one wrong if the exit goes ahead and a new contract is not sorted out with the promise of more game time moving forward.

Rasmus Kristensen is now the certified first choice at Elland Road, and that should realistically spell the end for Luke Ayling, not that we like to admit it.

Ayling has played 228 times for the Whites and was a huge part of getting us back to the Premier League, something he will always be remembered for at Elland Road.

But, there comes a time when all good things come to an end.

Drameh has his entire future ahead of him in the game, and with injuries closing in on Ayling, the time has come to pass the torch across and make promises to the younger generation.

That unfortunately looks unlikely to happen though, and Leeds will be back to square one of looking for another young right-back to come in and play apprentice.

Marsch got it all wrong by leaving Drameh out at Wolves, and although he insisted he wasn’t ready fitness-wise, it was the first sign that this relationship is falling apart.

If Ayling has to go to open the door wider for Drameh to shine and stick around, that may need to be done in January.

In other Leeds United news, a first-team defender may not have long left at Elland Road after “Awful” footage emerges from this month, making a January transfer imperative.