Here are your Cardiff City headlines for Monday 28 March.
Leeds transfer needs could impact Drameh
Leeds United’s summer transfer strategy needs to be ‘more aggressive’ and the squad size needs to be increased which could have a ripple effect on Cody Drameh.
Athletic report that while Leeds are happy with the crop of young players at Elland Road, there cannot be such a reliance on youngsters next season. They claim Leeds will need to add more experienced options to their squad.
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Given that Drameh was basically expected to force his way out of the club in January, if they further strengthen their options in the wing-back areas, which has been mooted recently, the 20-year-old should potentially consider leaving Yorkshire . club again in the summer.
In a Q&A, correspondent Phil Hay wrote: “[Leeds] have suffered greatly from the stuffing of square pegs in round holes since August and also from a lack of competition for places, caused by the fact that so few proven players were available. Leeds undoubtedly have a great Under-23 crop and need to nurture those prospects and push them through, but it’s hard not to feel the past nine months have been a sharp lesson in depth and quality. The next transfer window needs to be more aggressive.”
He added: “[Manager Jesse Marsch] talked about the academy in the interview I did with him last week, saying he wanted it to have a big impact on his game model. Considering the money that was spent on the ‘development team, it is really necessary, but not at the expense of recruiting the necessary senior executives.’
That could potentially keep the door ajar for Cardiff, who would certainly want to at least have a conversation about Drameh returning to some degree next season.
Starlet on the scoresheet
Promising Bluebirds striker James Crole found the back of the net in Wales Under-18’s 2-2 draw with Finland.
Rob Edwards’ side took on the Finns at Colliers Park in Wrexham on Monday morning and it was Crole, who has established himself as a real budding talent in Cardiff’s youth ranks, who opened the scoring.
The visitors fought back with two goals to take the lead before Swansea City’s Joel Cotterill grabbed the equaliser. Rubin’s brother Joel Colwill and Morgan Wigley also started the game for Wales.
Crole moved to the Cardiff Under-23s in recent months, given promotions and loans from Isaak Davies, Kieron Evans and Chanka Zimba, and took to it like a duck to water.
The 18-year-old is the second top scorer for the Under-23s, behind Zimba, with five goals for Darren Purse’s side.
Race for the POTM Championship
Cody Drameh is also up for Championship Player of the Month.
That’s according to Football League World, who are running a poll to decide who will receive the gong for February.
Alongside Drameh are Nottingham Forest’s Ryan Yates, Millwall’s Jake Cooper, Sheffield United‘s Morgan Gibbs-White, Bournemouth’s Karlan Grant and Bournemouth’s Dominic Solanke.
You can vote here, with polls closing at 9am tomorrow morning.