By Adefunmiloye Alani

9th Jan, 2022 | 8:40pm

Phil Hay: Leeds yet to make decision on whether to loan out Cody Drameh

Leeds United are yet to decide whether to allow Cody Drameh to join Cardiff City on loan before the end of January, according to Phil Hay.

The Athletic journalist took to his personal Twitter account on Sunday evening to confirm that the Championship outfit are indeed keen on full-back, 20, as reported by Fabrizio Romano.

However, the Elland Road outfit are yet to make up their mind, with their injuries woe most likely a reason for that.

Hay said: “Cardiff are keen on Cody Drameh, as Fabrizio Romano reports.

“Message from Leeds end is that they’re yet to make a decision on whether to loan him out.”

The Yorkshire Evening Post’s Graham Smyth also corroborated the story, saying: “Cardiff City keen on Cody Drameh.

“Leeds United say they are yet to agree to let him out on loan but that could change.

Not happening?

Leeds would love to see the former Fulham man play more this season after just five appearances to his name across all competitions.

However, Marcelo Bielsa knows he cannot afford to lose one of his defensive options given the state of his squad.

Drameh came off the bench against West Ham today in the third round of the FA Cup at the London Stadium to replace Junior Firpo, who suffered a bang to the head.

With nine senior players unavailable due to knocks right now, the Whites will most likely wait until the closing stages of the window before making a decision.

Having made the bench just once last term, seeing him make five appearances is an upgrade on that.

The England under-21 has made nine appearances in the Premier League 2 this term, but a move to Cardiff will definitely help his development.

Drameh may have to wait till the summer for that to happen if Leeds do not get lucky on the injury front.

The west Yorkshire outfit are not likely to bring in replacements at the back this month, and the Welsh team will need to look elsewhere for the defensive reinforcements they crave.

In other Leeds United news, Whites chiefs recently jetted out of the UK for talks.