By Mark Smith

5th May, 2022 | 8:10pm

Beren Cross: Cody Drameh becomes 'very important' member of Leeds United squad if relegated

Leeds United defender Cody Drameh could become a “very important” part of the squad should they be in the Championship.

That’s according to Beren Cross, who has reported that staying in the Premier League would likely see another loan move for the right-back.

In both scenarios, it is shared that Luke Ayling would retain the starting berth ahead of the loaned outcast.

Writing in his latest Q&A for Leeds Live, Cross predicted what next season may look like for the defender.

“Much depends on which league Leeds will be in,” he wrote. “If they go down then Drameh suddenly becomes a very important part of the squad looking to come back up.

“If they survive, then Drameh remains someone they may loan out for another season. There’s no doubt he’s turned heads in Cardiff with his performances and he has to be a talent the club takes seriously.

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“You’d probably stick him ahead of Shackleton in the pecking order, but Ayling’s experience should see him retain the right-back berth.”

Big season.

Drameh certainly benefitted from forcing his loan move to Cardiff back in January, but he didn’t please many.

Marcelo Bielsa was enraged by the young defender as he believed he still had a part to play in this Premier League season.

That made him somewhat of an outcast at Elland Road, and his future may have been in doubt should El Loco still have been in charge this summer.

Jesse Marsch is now in charge though and it looks as though he could be given a second chance to shine in West Yorkshire.

Could Drameh be the way forward ahead of Ayling though? The experienced full-back has certainly gone downhill this season, and a new approach could help everyone at the club.

We all still believe we can stay in the Premier League this season, and it looks as though it may decide the future of many in this squad.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are leading the race to complete a major signing and have already opened talks to seal a £25m deal