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Leeds fans impressed by U23 talent in 3-1 defeat to Ajax

Leeds United suffered a 3-1 defeat in the first of two friendlies against Ajax on Wednesday afternoon in The Netherlands. A mix of first-team players, including Kalvin Phillips, and Under-23 stars took to the field. Despite a heavy defeat, Leeds fans were impressed by right-back Cody Drameh.

Marcelo Bielsa and his staff watched on from one of Ajax’s training ground, naming a mix of first-team players and younger, up-and-coming stars. Liam Cooper, Phillips, Adam Forshaw, Ian Poveda and Tyler Roberts all started. Other than Poveda, all were taken off at half-time by Bielsa.

Max de Waal opened the scoring with a neat finish, before poor defending from a corner saw Christian Rasmussen get his goal. The latter was excellent for Ajax, scoring a goal and creating the first. Ajax netted a third in the second half, as 17-year-old Kristian Hlynsson netted.

Leeds did get one of their own, as Max Dean wriggled inside and out before winning a penalty. The striker got up, and scored from the spot.

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What do Leeds fans think of Drameh and his display against Ajax?

Leeds fans watched on as The Whites struggled to cope with Ajax’s possession-based style and midfield dominance. But Drameh, a £1million (Mail) signing from Fulham in 2020, was excellent. A key part of the Under-23 side, Drameh was praised by Leeds fans on Twitter against Ajax.

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