By George Overhill

26th Dec, 2022 | 7:41pm

Burnley and Watford both enquire about move for Leeds United defender Cody Drameh

Cody Drameh’s list of interested clubs continues to grow with Burnley and Watford both making enquiries to Leeds United, according to The Athletic.

The 21-year-old right-back is a man in demand ahead of the January transfer window after only featuring once in the Premier League this season.

Fabrizio Romano has previously reported on a queue of clubs forming for a winter move, including most recently on 23 December that Newcastle and Borussia Dortmund were battling for him amid interest from Crystal Palace and Bournemouth.

A move appeared to be the most likely outcome with Rasmus Kristensen and Luke Ayling both ahead of Drameh at Elland Road.

But Jesse Marsch then gave a glowing assessment of the youngster in which he said, as per Leeds Live (23 December): “Cody has been fantastic over the last month and I’m so happy we have gotten to a point with him where he feels so energised by what we’re doing and engaged.”

The American suggested that the club were reassessing Drameh’s status in the squad and appeared to rule out a permanent exit, with The Athletic putting his chances of an exit down to how willing the Whites are to listen to offers.

Better late than never

The more clubs that make their admiration clear the more it appears to be waking at least some at Leeds United up to the fact that they might have a valuable talent on their hands.

The way he has been managed over the past year suggests the hierarchy hasn’t been overly interest in what he can offer, but Marsch’s words paint a different picture.

Going on loan to Cardiff for the second half of last season and returning with the club’s player of the year award and a significantly boosted reputation got him nowhere.

Kristensen was signed in the summer and Drameh wasn’t even given opportunities off the bench in the opening weeks of the season, despite the Dane being one of the slower signings to adapt to the Premier League.

But a belated path to more first team opportunities might be enough to convince the young full-back that his future lies at Elland Road.

Yet Marsch has spoken in glowing terms about Joe Gelhardt over the past six months and the young forward is closer to a loan exit than ever.

The manager has shown a willingness to give opportunities to young players, but sometimes in a haphazard manner, while Drameh appears to have been growing increasingly frustrated with his chances since the Marcelo Bielsa era, so it remains to be seen where the latest developments lead.

A loan in the top flight might be the best option for now if he isn’t getting past Kristensen imminently, but if he aims to leave at the end of his contact in 2024 there are clearly going to be plenty of options open to him.

In other Leeds United news, the Whites are now ready to fight with a European giant to bring a former player back to the club.