Cody Drameh has hinted he wasn’t ready for Premier League football before leaving Leeds United to join Cardiff City on loan this year Yorkshire Evening Post.
The Whites product went up against then-manager Marcelo Bielsa to seal a temporary move from Elland Road in January. Drameh felt he needed to make the step up from Premier League 2 football and secure regular first-team minutes after outgrowing youth.
Bielsa wanted Drameh to remain in West Yorkshire after the 20-year-old debut as a senior and add more depth to his squad. He played at the Carabao Cup in October before appearing in three top-flight games and a FA Cup draw. But only two of those trips were launches.
But Drameh has not looked back on his decision to join Cardiff as he has been a mainstay from day one. The right-back has started all 14 of his league games before hosting rivals Swansea City on Saturday. He also posted three assists in the second division.
Offering an offensive threat in Steve Morrison’s side could now help Drameh establish a role at Leeds next season. If not, it could at least trigger a move to the Premier League with another loan side. This allowed Drameh to further develop the skills he felt he lacked.
Leeds jewel Drameh hints he wasn’t ready for Prem after ‘demanding’ Cardiff loan
Having never played in the first-team before this season, Drameh felt he needed to make the step up, either at Leeds or with a loan transfer in January, to polish the rough edges that PL2 action didn’t was able to, having outgrown the youth scene, before securing a move to Cardiff.
“This is my first season, if you will, in a first team,” Drameh called. “So going from 23-a-side football, very distant, very relaxed, a game once a week, sometimes three times a week – Saturday, Tuesday, Saturday – it’s very demanding.
“I had to adapt but I think the coaching staff used their experience and helped me adapt to the games. I’m not going to disregard Premier League 2 because it’s a very good league. But I felt like I had outgrown him on a footballing level.
“The rise from PL2 to the championship is huge. But I would encourage players to get out and play men’s football as soon as possible. I don’t think PL2 prepares you for certain things in men’s football. The step up is quite big.”
Drameh’s comments suggest he didn’t feel ready for the Premier League under Bielsa so Jesse Marsch is hoping he’ll be better off next season after a loan spell at Cardiff.
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