By George Overhill

25th Apr, 2022 | 8:50pm

Leeds United pursuit of Calvin Ramsay could push Cody Drameh out

Leeds United loan talent Cody Drameh could be pushed out of the club if the club’s reported pursuit of Aberdeen teenager Calvin Ramsay is successful.

The Sun reported this week that the Whites could be set to steal a march on Liverpool by offering the Scottish full-back an easier path to the first team.

Luke Ayling is the incumbent starter at Elland Road and at 30 is seven years older, and has less of a renowned reputation, than the man at Anfield Trent Alexander-Arnold.

Ayling is a stalwart for United but his form has suffered at times this season with so many other senior members of the team missing for long periods.

With captain Liam Cooper back to wear the armband, assuming the club remains in the Premier League for next season, there is a view that the temporary captain could be one whose place is at risk, as Phil Hay suggested on The Phil Hay Show last month.

That would certainly give Ramsay scope to get more game time than be stashed behind behind his illustrious Liverpool counterpart.

Forgotten man

However, it was previously assumed that the man who would be following that route to the Leeds first team was Drameh, who has performed so well in Wales.

Wales Online called him a “freak” recently due to his ability both defensively and offensively, and suggested the Bluebirds’ best hope was if his parent club failed to realise so.

If there interest in taking Ramsay from under Jurgen Klopp’s nose is accurate than is suggests that Cardiff’s wish could be set to come true.

The 20-year-old clearly backs himself not to sit on the bench, as he went against former manager Marcelo Bielsa’s opinion to push through a move to the Championship in January.

He has proven himself right though, producing performances impressive enough to merit a nomination for the player of the year award at his new side.

The manager in the Welsh capital Steve Morison has already made quite plain that he would love to have the young Whites full back return.

After Drameh’s excellent showing against Peterborough that included a wonderful assist for Jordan Hugill, Morison said (via Wales Online): “If he keeps playing like that. They’ll [Leeds] have some player on their hands next year.

“If they don’t, I’ll be the first to put my hand in the air to ask if I can have him back!”

If Jesse Marsch doesn’t see the loan star as a first team performer next season then chances are another loan in Cardiff becomes likely, if not something more permanent.

In other Leeds United news, the club might have a ready made replacement if Raphinha leaves already in hand.