Tyler Adams exit on the cards at Leeds United as new Elland Road contract mooted by Sky Sports pundit

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Leeds United will have to fend off a number of big teams in order to keep Tyler Adams due to his impressive displays at the World Cup, according to Paul Robinson.

Adams, 23, only joined the Whites in the summer from RB Leipzig but he’s already settled in very well in the Premier League and has since shone on the world stage with the USA.

He’s been without doubt one of their best performers in the US’s group-stage campaign, in which they earned draws with Wales and England before beating Iran to set up a last-16 showdown with the Netherlands.

After a top-drawer performance against England, ex-USA international Stu Holden claimed Adams will leave Leeds for “a top-level Champions League team” if he continues his form throughout the rest of the season.

Robinson agrees that’s a potential issue for the Yorkshire giants and has suggested that they open contract talks with the USA captain early next year.

“It’s not realistic to expect him to move in January – I think the January window will be fairly quiet after the World Cup,” Robinson told MOT Leeds News.

Normally with deals, the wheels are put in motion before. But with the World Cup going on, it could throw everything to the side.

But the size of Adams’ move, it wouldn’t be a January move anyway, it would be a move for the summer.

It’s down to Leeds to keep hold of him if he keeps performing between now and the end of the season.

If he performs now, as he’s doing at the World Cup, there’s no harm in opening contract talks with him and showing loyalty towards him.

He’s been excellent for Leeds in the first half of the season and if he continues that, in February or March time, open contract talks before the season ends to put all the rumours to bed.

But I suspect there’ll be some big teams to fend off because Champions League clubs will be looking at him.”

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