Cody Drameh has told Leeds United’s official website that he would love to follow in Benjamin Mendy’s footsteps now that he is set to start working under Marcelo Bielsa.
Drameh became the Whites’ latest addition this summer. The club confirmed that the 18-year-old has signed a four-year deal with the Championship title-winners.
The youngster had not managed to make his senior debut for Fulham before his move.
But he has set his sights on making his senior bow for the newly-promoted side, and suggested that he is playing under the ideal coach as he looks to realise his potential.
“First and foremost I want to try and break into the first team and the club has ambition, so we will see where it goes,” he told the club’s official website.
“Marcelo Bielsa has managed a lot of big, big names, including Argentina’s national team.
“The one I was very interested in was Benjamin Mendy, the way he transformed him and obviously I’m a full-back, so hopefully he can do the same thing to me as he did to Benjamin, I’m just very excited to work with him.”
TBR View: Drameh setting sights high
Mendy made significant strides in his game once he started working under Bielsa at Marseille. His development saw Monaco sign him from Stade Velodrome.
And of course, he subsequently joined Manchester City in 2017. According to BBC Sport, the Cityzens spent £52 million to sign the wide-man.
Leeds fans will be excited by Drameh setting his sights on emulating Mendy during his career. It shows a level of confidence. But it also perhaps demonstrates just how much potential the teenager possesses.
It also highlights how tempting it is to join Bielsa’s Leeds. And the supporters will be hoping that that pull tempts a number of exciting targets through the door in the coming weeks.