By Jonty Banks

17th Dec, 2022 | 8:40am

Something 'big' needed for Cody Drameh to remain at Leeds United in January transfer window

Leeds United youngster Cody Drameh’s situation at Elland Road will have to take a stark u-turn if he is to remain at the club during the January transfer window, according to the Yorkshire Evening Post.

The 21-year-old has long been linked with a move away from Leeds in January, but it remains to be seen whether this would be a loan or a permanent deal. [Leeds Live]

Drameh’s current deal runs out in 18 months, but his lack of first-team minutes under Jesse Marsch has resulted in a potential January deal.

The right-back was one of the Whites’ bright sparks during their Spain training camp, and he once again impressed against Real Sociedad on Friday night (16 December) in a lively second-half cameo.

The Yorkshire Evening Post suggested that relations would need to improve dramatically for the London-born defender to stay at the club.

It stated: “The right-back continues to impress, having flown through the week of training out in Spain. He was the best of Jesse Marsch’s second-half substitutes and looked perfectly at home.

“He’s in for an interesting January, but if he remains a Leeds player in February then something will have gone very right for him and for the club. It’ll have to be something big, you’d think.”

A matter of time

It really seems like Drameh’s move away from Elland Road is inevitable, but where he moves to is the more curious question.

Considering the lack of game time under Marsch, it is understandable that he wants a move away, but Leeds fans will be slightly frustrated that he wasn’t given ample opportunity to prove his worth in the first team.

For his own development as a player, he will want to see the prospect of first-team minutes, and for some reason or another, he is not being promised this at Leeds.

Against Real Sociedad, Drameh looked bright when coming off the bench in the second half, running with purpose and proving himself an attacking livewire down the right flank.

At just 21 years of age, he still has plenty of room for improvement, so whoever scoops the highly-touted youngster could be in for a treat.

Unless some last-minute promises sway the youngster, a move away is only a matter of time now.

In other Leeds United news, talks are underway over this player quitting Elland Road for a high-paid contract.