Ben Parker was left raving over Cody Drameh’s season after the Leeds United defender struck his first goal for the Whites’ Under 23s on Monday.
Mark Jackson’s junior side rounded out their Premier League 2 Division Two title-winning campaign with a convincing 5-2 win over Burnley at Thorp Arch, where Sam Greenwood led the way with a brace.
Drameh had broken the deadlock midway through the first half when the right-back calmly slotted home a pass from Rodrigo, as the Spaniard stepped up his return from injury (Leeds Live) with another 45 minutes under his belt.
Leeds have now wrapped up the PL2 title with an unbeaten home record, having won 11 of their 12 matches at Thorp Arch while drawing the other, and top the standings by 12 points to Stoke City’s academy side having played a game more.
Former Whites defender Parker was full of praise for the 19-year-old while speaking on LUTV’s commentary of the Burnley clash, and was delighted to see the youngster get off the mark.
“I’m sure the players are delighted for him, but you won’t find two more delighted people than ourselves for him getting on the scoresheet,” Parker said, via quotes by Leeds Live.
“We’ve loved watching him all season, he’s a fantastic player. He was on the bench for the first team this weekend, which shows his progression. The goal caps off a wonderful season from an individual point of view.”
Drameh getting his first career U23s goal does indeed cap off a strong season for the youngster, who also earned his England U20 debut in October and was named on the Leeds bench by Marcelo Bielsa for the first time on Saturday.
With the PL2 season now over for the Whites, Bielsa can look to further implement Drameh into his plans and see how the London-born full-back adapts to his system, gauging a more rounded impression of where he currently is in his development.
There will not be much more that Drameh can show in the U23s after also offering two assists in the PL2 this season, making a loan move away in the summer a decision that may have to be made if Bielsa does not feel he is ready for Leeds’ first time just yet.