By Joe Ellis

29th Aug, 2022 | 10:10am

Leeds United defender Cody Drameh could still leave amid Swansea City links

Leeds United right-back Cody Drameh could be set to leave Elland Road with Swansea City keen to sign the youngster, according to Planet Swans.

The 20-year-old spent the second half of the 2021-22 season on loan at the swans’ bitter Welsh rivals Cardiff City and impressed manager Steve Morison but Jesse Marsch wanted him back at Thorp Arch to assess his ability compared to the rest of his squad.

Luke Ayling’s injury has denied any loan or permanent exit so far this summer but Rasmus Kristensen is keeping Drameh out of the Whites side at the moment and the player may now want to leave again.

Swansea’s desire to sign the youngster permanently has been quashed and Russell Martin has accepted just a loan which was the demand of Victor Orta and Leeds United.

Another option for a move could see Martin’s leading scorer from last season, Joel Piroe, head to Elland Road with Marsch keen to sign a striker before the 1 September deadline strikes.

Has to go

As talented as Drameh is at such a young age, if Marsch has no intention of dropping Kristensen to play him then he has to leave the club as soon as possible.

Whether that will be on a permanent move or just for a season is almost irrelevant because he can’t afford to spend another season sitting on the bench, watching his peers play while he only gets to train.

Even Under-21 games are not good enough for him right now and he will be willing to kick up a fuss to get his way as he proved in January when he forced Marcelo Bielsa to let him go to the Welsh capital.

Ayling should be back to full fitness in the next few weeks so the cover is no longer an excuse to keep him and the club will be in trouble of losing their star asset if they don’t allow him to play either in Yorkshire or South Wales.

In other Leeds United news, 16-year-old starlet, Archie Gray, is attracting interest from one of the world’s richest clubs who have been constantly watching his progress.