MOT View: £400k Leeds teen suffers night to forget in defeat
Leeds United right-back Cody Drameh had a night to forget as the Under-21s lost 3-0 to Blackpool in the Football League Trophy on Wednesday.
Drameh, 18, joined Leeds from Fulham in the summer in a deal worth an initial fee worth £400,000 and while he is yet to earn a senior appearance for the Whites, he’s become a key player for the Yorkshire club’s Under-23s.
The ex-Fulham right-back has played in all but one of the Under-23s’ eight Premier League 2 matches and played twice for the Under-21s in the Football League Trophy.
Drameh played at centre-back against Barrow in the last game but returned to his familiar right-back role at Bloomfield Road on Wednesday.
Leeds had to win to stand a chance of qualifying from the group but were unable to do that and ended up finishing bottom of Group G and crashing out of the controversial competition.
Drameh scored an own goal in the 3-0 defeat.
It was quite a comical error by the teenager, who headed a fairly harmless corner into his own net despite not having any Blackpool players near him.
On top of that, stats by WyScout show that Drameh lost the only loose ball and slide tackle duels he was involved in and only made six recoveries.
On the ball, Drameh’s night wasn’t much better with the right-back only managing to get one cross into the Blackpool box and only 70 per cent of his passes were accurate. Only 42 per cent of his 12 forward passes found a team-mate.
Drameh is a highly-rated young defender and the match against Blackpool was a tough one considering the North-West club is putting together a bit of a winning run.
But the own goal was definitely avoidable and his overall contribution was not what we were expecting from him.
In other Leeds United news, fans are delighted with this transfer update ahead of January.