By Sam Stone

23rd Dec, 2022 | 11:40am

Jesse Marsch delivers 'discussions' update on Cody Drameh Leeds United future

Jesse Marsch has virtually ruled out a permanent exit for Cody Drameh in the January transfer window after the 21-year-old was linked with a move away from Leeds United.

90min reported (8 December) that Newcastle United are eying the right back as a backup to Kieran Trippier with his current Leeds deal expiring in the summer of 2024.

However, Marsch has revealed that he’s “so happy” with Drameh’s progress over the last month, and is looking for the best way to develop him as an asset for Leeds.

“Those discussions are ongoing, especially with young players, [about] how to challenge them to grow and equip them with things so ultimately they’ll provide the club with more at some point,” said the American (Leeds Live, 23 December).

“How to shape their development path to get them to be the best they can be as quickly as they possibly can. Whether that’s a loan or staying here and then looking at the overall resources of what we have as a team and as a club.

“You bring up Cody. 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.”

Good news

Yorkshire Evening Post (28 November) suggested Leeds have taken a contract offer to Drameh off of the table after he failed to put pen to paper. However, Marsch getting the youngster involved in his plans and invested in the project at Elland Road could well see the 21-year-old change his mind.

Rasmus Kristensen was always going to be Leeds’ first choice right back after his big-money move from RB Salzburg in the summer. However, opportunities could well arise for Drameh, with Luke Ayling’s future in West Yorkshire in doubt, with his contract coming to a close in the summer of 2023.

If Ayling departs, Drameh could well be Kristensen’s understudy in the 2023/24 season. A move to Newcastle would see the right-back also playing a backup role and probably less chance of him breaking into Eddie Howe’s first-team plans.

A loan move to a Championship club could well be an option for the youngster in January, with Ayling likely to remain at Elland Road until at least the summer.

In other Leeds United news, this Elland Road veteran is now unsure whether he wants to end his time at LS11 despite a deal being close across the pond.