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Leeds United head to St James’ Park on Friday with a bit of a defensive crisis on their hands.

Robin Koch is injured, Diego Llorente went off against Liverpool, and after a failed appeal, Pascal Struijk is suspended for the next three games.

Marcelo Bielsa has a big decision to make at centre-half. He could call upon one of the younger players such as Charile Cresswell to fill-in, but in our view, he’s much more likely to move Luke Ayling to centre-back – something we’ve seen on numerous occasions in the past.

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So, if Ayling moves to centre-back who fills in at right-back? Well, in previous seasons the answer has either been Stuart Dallas or Jamie Shackleton, but it may finally be time to unleash Cody Drameh in that role on Friday.

Drameh is a very highly-rated young player at Leeds. Angus Kinnear has previously described him as having ‘huge potential’, while Phil Hay claims that the club see him as Ayling’s long-term successor at right-back.

We’ve seen Drameh on the bench a number of times, but he’s still yet to make his senior debut for the Whites.

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However, with an injury crisis on Leeds’ hands, that could all change this weekend. Ayling is accomplished at centre-back, and if the Yorkshire club do have as much faith in Drameh as Kinnear’s comments suggest, he could be in-line to play here.

We’ve seen in the past that Marcelo Bielsa isn’t scared to throw young players in at the deep end, let’s not forget, Jamie Shackleton started a playoff semi-final as a 19-year-old after barely playing any senior football until that point, so it’s not insane to suggest that the Argentine may give Drameh a go here.

The former Fulham man has to make his debut at some point, and it seems as though the stars have aligned for him to get a chance at Newcastle.

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