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After finally landing their man in early summer, Leeds United have chosen to take the patient approach with Cody Drameh.
The 19-year-old came from Fulham of the Championship and has spent his time in Yorkshire with the U-23s, where only missed a match at Premier League level 2.
However, he has not yet been seen with the senior team, and that is something that Marcelo Bielsa could change for 2020.
Should Bielsa give Cody Drameh a chance in the first team?
According to Phil Hay from Athletic, when Leeds scouted Drameh while he was at Craven Cottage, they saw shadows of Luke Ayling on him. It was also suggested that the teenager saw a “clearer” route to the senior facility on Elland Road than in Fulham.
Hay wrote: “It is understood that Leeds paid around £ 300,000 for Drameh, a fee that could increase to £ 1 million with add-ons, last week.
Fulham have just been promoted and will play in the Premier League with Leeds this season, but sources close to Drameh say the England U-18 international saw a clearer path to the first team in West Yorkshire than in West London. . The deal was made despite Fulham’s reluctance to sell and after Manchester City showed some belated interest. “
Drameh’s potential is there for all to see, with Eredivisie scout Xander Wilkinson signing in to praise his abilities. He said: “Defensively so impressive! His mind works faster than most right-backs I’ve seen with a naturally defensive mindset. Tactically very aware of what is being asked of him, he measures his commitments well, he needs to add a little more unpredictability in the future. “
The star may not be ready to start in the Premier League right now, but he could learn a lot if he is given opportunities in the FA Cup and then a few minutes here and there in the top flight.
Exposing him to first-team football will be the true test of whether Drameh will sink or swim, and the young right-back could surprise everyone and send him like a duck overboard. Only time will tell.