Leeds United hope Cody Drameh can succeed Luke Ayling as the number one right-back in the first-team, according to The Athletic journalist Phil Hay.
Drameh, 18, joined Leeds from Fulham in the summer with the Yorkshire club in a deal initially worth £400,000 [Reuters].
Since then, the England Under-20 international has made 10 appearances for the Under-21s and Under-23s in the EFL Trophy and Premier League 2.
Drameh has played as both a right-back and a centre-back for Mark Jackson’s young side, impressing in most of his matches.
And it seems there’s a longer-term plan in place for Drameh to eventually step up to the senior squad and replace Ayling, 29, as the starting right-back.
Hay reported that via his personal Twitter account on Sunday morning
they’re hoping that longer term, Drameh could be a successor to Ayling
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) November 29, 2020
Ayling would be a tough act to follow.
The former Bristol City right-back has made 164 appearances in all competitions for Leeds since joining them in 2016 and has completed 90 minutes in all but one of the club’s Premier League matches this season.
Ayling isn’t just there to make up the numbers in Leeds’ side too with the 29-year-old proving to be one of Marcelo Bielsa’s most-relied upon players.
According to stats by WyScout, no player in the Premier League has made more passes into the final third than Ayling has done this season .
He also ranks second in the top-flight for progressive passes  and fifth for ball progressions in terms of length [5.97 metres].
Drameh would have quite the boots to fill if he does eventually replace Ayling in Leeds’ starting line-up.
We’d like to see the ex-Fulham youngster get more senior game-time though before we can judge him more fairly.
Maybe a loan spell away from Elland Road next season will do him good.
In other Leeds United news, Gary Lineker was wowed by this player’s display against Everton.