Leeds United U21s continued their implausible begin to their Premier League 2 marketing campaign on Monday night, with Michael Skubala’s youth aspect operating out 1-0 winners in opposition to Sunderland, extending their unbeaten run to eight video games in 2022/23.
Nevertheless, after scoring 20 targets over their final 4 outings in all competitions, three factors had been a lot more durable to return by on the Stadium of Mild, with Wilfried Gnonto’s second-half strike being all that separated the 2 groups on the evening.
Though, whereas the Italian ahead was as soon as once more a livewire for the U21s, it was arguably the efficiency of Cody Drameh that can have most made Jesse Marsch sit up and take discover on Monday night, because the right-back turned in one more wonderful show.
Certainly, whereas £10m summer season signing Rasmus Kristensen has appeared strong in a defensive capability thus far this season, the Denmark worldwide has not precisely contributed in an attacking capability – being but to attain, register an help or create an enormous probability over his seven Premier League appearances, in addition to finishing a median of simply 0.3 crosses per recreation.
And, contemplating how spectacular Drameh was going forwards in opposition to Sunderland, ought to Marsch want to add a bit extra attacking impetus on the fitting of his backline within the coming weeks, the 20-year-old would seem properly price consideration.
Certainly, the Yorkshire Night Put up journalist Joe Donnohue described the full-back as “a risk on the assault with some good, aggressive runs” in opposition to the Black Cats, one thing the England U21 worldwide demonstrated when selecting the ball up on the sting of the opposition penalty space earlier than unleashing a livid drive in opposition to the submit early within the second half.
Following the match, Skubala additionally took the time to reward the teen, stating (by way of Leeds Reside): “Cody, [who] I feel goes underneath the radar, he’s had three actually high video games and in opposition to winger [Jewison Bennette] – Cody was controlling him.”
The £2.7m-rated expertise additionally proved his capacity in a inventive capability within the 4-0 win over Stoke Metropolis final outing, registering two assists in opposition to the Potters – the first of which was a harmful low cross that Mateo Joseph turned house, earlier than as soon as once more organising the Spaniard with an inch-perfect cutback after a bursting run down the wing.
As such, ought to Marsch want to add barely extra attacking edge to his huge defensive positions within the coming months, the £4.4k-per-week full-back who Steve Morrison dubbed a “Duracell Bunny” would seem one thing of an ideal match for the American – with the 20-year-old’s show on Monday as soon as once more suggesting that the full-back is first-team prepared.