By George Overhill

7th Dec, 2022 | 12:40pm

BBC pundit assumes Middlesbrough or Norwich move for Leeds United talent Cody Drameh

Cody Drameh is set to leave Leeds United on loan in January in search of game time in the Championship, in the eyes of Carlton Palmer.

The young right-back has been starved of opportunities at Elland Road and even a permanent exit is now a real possibility, with his current contract running out in 2024.

Fabrizio Romano reported on 14 November that Premier League rivals Newcastle, along with Bundesliga and Ligue 1 teams were interested in signing him in January, before TEAMtalk’s Graeme Bailey said on 2 December that Norwich and Middlesbrough had joined the race, which former United midfielder Palmer believes makes most sense.

Speaking to Football League World, BBC pundit Palmer said: “He’s a talented, talented full-back.

“He went to Cardiff City on loan, he won the Young Player of the Year and senior Player of the Year. So that says a lot about how well he played in South Wales. 

“Game time has been limited at Leeds United so the remit would be that wherever he goes on loan, and I think he will go along at Christmas, is that he has to play. 

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“I can’t imagine him going to a Premier League club and getting game time because he’s not getting game time at Leeds. So I’m assuming that it will be Middlesbrough or Norwich.”

Dropped the ball

The writing appears to be on the wall in terms of Drameh’s future at Elland Road, with one Premier League appearance this season all he has to show in his battle for an opportunity.

Rasmus Kristensen’s summer arrival, just as the youngster was returning from that award-winning loan spell at Cardiff, put a major roadblock in his way.

And once Luke Ayling was again fit that largely put paid to any chance that he was going to get an extensive run this season.

The fact that so many teams have already expressed an interest, with more from the Premier League having joined the list, shows that the 20-year-old is widely expected to be a quality player.

It will be marked down as a significant Whites blunder if he is now to leave and become an important player elsewhere, when Kristensen hasn’t been a total success yet and the left-back position was in more need of strengthening.

Drameh has proven he can cut it in the Championship so may be interested in a return to the second tier so that he can get more football under his belt in the short term, but he surely has designs on a top flight, whether that be England, Germany or France.

In other Leeds United news, legal battle now has potential to throw spanner into the club’s January transfer plans.