Cardiff City boss Steve Morison expects Cody Drameh to reach the very top of club football.
The defender spent the second half of the season with the Bluebirds having joined from Leeds United.
The 20-year old performed well for the club as they avoided any kind of relegation scrap with an 18th place finish in the Championship table.
Morison wanted to keep Drameh at the club beyond the summer, but recent reports have suggested that the full back will remain at Elland Road for next season.
But the 38-year old has now predicted that the player will be worthy of competing in the Champions League sooner rather than later.
“I don’t think anyone else in the league would mind having him. He has been top drawer,” said Morison, via Wales Online.
“He is a great kid and he deserved all the awards he’s got.
“He is a top example to any of our young players, if they want to know how to get to the top and be as good as him – take a leaf out of his book.
“Coach journeys, he is watching a video masterclass in one v ones. If any of our young players want to know how to get to the top, that’s how he got to the top.
“He is investing in himself. He is already top drawer and he is trying to get to the top.
“He came out in Champions League football boots the other day and he said, ‘That’s where I want to get to’. He will get there. He has got that in him.
“If we had 11 Cody Dramehs we wouldn’t be far away.”
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Drameh earned the Cardiff City player of the year award such was the standard of his performances in the side.
The Welsh club will be hoping to climb the second division table next season as they look to the transfer market to continue overhauling the squad.
Drameh was a number of successful loan signings that helped lift Cardiff away from the bottom three sides in the second half of the season.
Morison has made it clear that he would like to keep the player in the team for next season.
Drameh will be hoping to make it into the Leeds United starting lineup next season, with the club having secured their Premier League status for another year.
Jesse Marsch’s plans for the side remain unclear, having only taken over from Marcelo Bielsa in the second half of the campaign.
Cardiff will have to shift focus to finding a replacement for the youngster in their side for this summer.