Cody Drameh must get Leeds debut against Fulham
While a number of Leeds United players have, so far, struggled to hit the heights of last season, it would certainly appear that Luke Ayling’s form is proving to be a particular concern for fans.
Ayling has been outstanding throughout Marcelo Bielsa’s tenure. And he could have hardly started the season in better fashion.
It was his stunning strike on the opening day that will take some beating for Leeds’s goal of the season.
However, since then, he has struggled. And that prompted some fans to even suggest that Jamie Shackleton should get a chance ahead of him after his cameo against Burnley on Sunday.
Shackleton was excellent when he came on against the Clarets. And he played a key role in Patrick Bamford’s equaliser.
But it must not be forgotten that he is a midfielder Bielsa has converted into a right-back. And thus, he is potentially not yet ready for a run of games in Ayling’s position.
One player however, who is a natural in the role is Cody Drameh. The 19-year-old has been a revelation since joining the club last summer.
It is a surprise that he has not yet made his first-team debut. But that is surely down to how well Ayling adapted to the Premier League.
However, with Ayling not at his best right now, perhaps the perfect opportunity to use Drameh for the first time is emerging on the horizon.
Fulham tie may present Leeds with ideal chance to test Drameh in Ayling role
Leeds face the teenager’s former club Fulham in the Carabao Cup later this month.
It is set to be a fantastic test for the Whites. The Cottagers top the Championship in the early stages.
So it arguably presents the ideal stage for Drameh to show whether he is ready to challenge for a more prominent role.
He has more than proved himself in under-23 football. So surely, the tie with Fulham will leave Bielsa with a much better idea of whether he is nearly ready for Premier League game-time.