Leeds have Ayling successor in Cody Drameh

After sealing a loan departure from Leeds United in the January transfer window, it’s fair to say that Cody Drameh did not stay in former manager Marcelo Bielsa’s good books.

After the play, the Argentine said: “I didn’t think I needed to play elsewhere. He was a much needed player with all the absences we have. Obviously, I miscalculated things because what I consider a great opportunity, those who are benefiting from that position, prefer to leave the club looking for another type of competition.

“Obviously, what I envisioned as a great opportunity, they don’t. Maybe I overestimated that you are in a 20-man squad in the best league in the world. Of course with the departure of a player it is one less alternative. But when a player wants to leave, there’s no point in trying to keep him.”

Since then, however, Drameh has been fully vindicated in his own personal decision to seek first-team football elsewhere, becoming a regular in Cardiff’s starting line-up. He has appeared in 16 consecutive games, completing the full 90 minutes in all but the first, when he was pulled with just over ten minutes remaining.

After watching his side pull off an impressive 4-0 victory over Peterborough United, manager Sean Morrison got lyrical about Leeds’ loan.

The Bluebirds boss said: “Barnsley was a horrible game. He had never experienced anything like this and he came in with a couple of last-minute tackles right at the end of the game, which was phenomenal. Tonight? Pff. It’s good that they can’t call him back after that because he was outstanding.”

It is perhaps no surprise that Drameh has even been nominated for Cardiff’s Player of the Year award despite his mid-season arrival. Given his excellent form for the Bluebirds, the youngster should now surely envision his chances of becoming a more valuable member of the team at Elland Road when he returns from his loan spell this summer.

In fact, Phil Hay of The Athletic has even suggested that the 20-year-old could very well be Luke Ayling’s long-term heir.

He said: “The point about Drameh was that she could be a natural successor to Ayling, who still has time left but is clearly not in her prime. Drameh is well thought of and I feel like he has a great chance here if he is patient.”

Meanwhile, LUTV commentator Tom Hill described the 20-year-old as a “box of tricks” after an impressive performance against Sunderland at under-23 level, and that bodes well for his future as a full-back. more adventurous.

With 217 games under his belt for the club, Ayling has been a long and loyal servant to Leeds over the years, but it could well be time for Drameh’s introduction into the first-team fold on a more regular basis next. season under the direction of Marsch.

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