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Leeds: Drameh stole the present for the U21s

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Leeds United U21s continued their implausible begin to their Premier League 2 marketing campaign on Monday night, with Michael Skubala’s youth facet operating out 1-0 winners towards 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 tougher to come back by on the Stadium of Gentle, 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 may have most made Jesse Marsch sit up and take discover on Monday night, because the right-back turned in yet one more superb show.

Certainly, whereas £10m summer time signing Rasmus Kristensen has appeared strong in a defensive capability to this point 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 towards Sunderland, ought to Marsch want to add a bit extra attacking impetus on the proper of his backline within the coming weeks, the 20-year-old would seem nicely 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” towards the Black Cats, one thing the England U21 worldwide demonstrated when choosing the ball up on the sting of the opposition penalty space earlier than unleashing a livid drive towards the put up early within the second half.

Following the match, Skubala additionally took the time to reward the teen, stating (by way of Leeds Dwell): “Cody, [who] I feel goes below the radar, he’s had three actually high video games and towards a great winger [Jewison Bennette] – Cody was controlling him.”

The £2.7m-rated expertise additionally proved his skill in a inventive capability within the 4-0 win over Stoke Metropolis final day out, registering two assists towards the Potters – the first of which was a harmful low cross that Mateo Joseph turned residence, 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 extensive 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.

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