Leeds United’s long-term player stance revealed as Elland Road exit looms

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Cody Drameh’s long-term future will be with Leeds United, despite the Whites giving the young right-back the green-light to move out on loan this January.

Leeds are on the cusp of agreeing a deal with Cardiff City to take Drameh on loan for the remainder of the 2021/22 season.

That’s despite the fact that Drameh has made a handful of first-team appearances this season under Marcelo Bielsa, who likes to keep his leading U23s close to him.

Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Leeds are giving Drameh the chance to move out on loan this January, with Cardiff due to be his destination. He’s set for a medical there today ahead of completing his move.

A number of Leeds’ youngsters that have moved out on loan in past seasons have eventually worked their way out of the door permanently, though that doesn’t sound like it will be the case with Drameh.

Romano confirms that there’s no option-to-buy included in Cardiff’s loan, with Leeds seeing Drameh’s long-term future at Elland Road.

The 20-year-old arrived at Elland Road in the summer of 2020, signing from Fulham.

This is good to hear, as there was a slight concern that this was the beginning of the end for Drameh at Elland Road, as it has been with so many other U23 players.

Drameh looks a real talent and hasn’t looked out of the place in the games he’s played this season, it’s just a case of him fine tuning his game to be Premier League-ready.

A loan allows him to do that, and you’ve got to credit the player’s desire to do so and get some valuable experience out on loan.

He will be better for it, which will benefit Leeds in the long-term.