By George Overhill

3rd Dec, 2022 | 5:10pm

Tyler Adams suffers 45-minute fall from grace as Micah Richards brands Leeds United star naive live on BBC

Tyler Adams was unable to live up to his pre-match billing as the Leeds United star was branded “naive” against the Netherlands by Micah Richards.

Daley Blind added a second Dutch goal in first-half stoppage time, which BBC host Gabbie Logan called a “sucker punch”, to give the Americans a huge task in their last-16 tie which finished 3-1 and sent the Americans home.

Having been roundly praised along with his midfield teammates prior to the game by Richards, Alex Scott and Jurgen Klinsmann, the former Manchester City defender held the United man responsible for a crucial lapse in concentration as Memphis Depay swept home a well-worked opener.

Analysing the first half live on the BBC at the break (3 December, 3.50pm) Richards said: “We bigged them up before the game, [Yunus] Musah, Adams and [Weston] McKennie, but they’re just naive in trying to press.

“They’re out of position and then they’re running backwards instead of already being in their positions.

“Memphis Depay here, he’s run away from Adams. We’ve been talking about how good they have been at reading situations.

“But it’s just that split-second, they’ve switched off, and the Dutch have really hurt them.”

Bridge too far

After receiving almost constant praise from all directions it was inevitable that Adams would come back down to earth at some point.

The knockout stages of the World Cup should really be the highest level of football possible, so a slight error is at risk of major punishment.

Ultimately Louis van Gaal tactically got the better of Gregg Berhalter and ended the adventure for Adams and underused teammate Brenden Aaronson.

From a Leeds United point of view, it was at least not a crushing exit, the effects of which could linger in the minds of the Elland Road pair.

The 23-year-old USMNT captain will come away from the tournament with his reputation boosted significantly despite getting caught out of position for the Blind goal.

But it is an area that he needs to improve, with a number of goals in recent Whites matches coming from the same sort of area on the edge of the box, where he and Marc Roca have been conspicuous in their absence as cut-backs have hurt the team.

He is a young player still who has achieved a lot in the past couple of weeks, but he is far from the finished product, otherwise he would have cost significantly more than £20million in the summer.

He is likely worth a fair bit more already, and Jesse Marsch will hope his performances over the rest of the season can show continued development.

In other Leeds United news, the club were punished by one of their own transfer targets in an “interesting sub-plot” on Friday.