By George Overhill

28th Nov, 2022 | 9:16pm

Tyler Adams is an “exceptionally bright young footballer” after the Leeds United midfielder dealt with a difficult situation in Qatar, according to Gary Lineker.

In his role as USA captain the Whites man was chastised by a journalist for pronouncing Iran incorrectly amid a growing international feud between the two international set-ups at the World Cup [Sky Sports].

The 23-year-old was then questioned on racial discrimination against Black people in his home country, after the US Soccer Federation had caused upset by removing the Islamic symbol from the Iranian flag in social media posts on Saturday (26 November) in support of the civilian population of the Middle Eastern country, amid huge protests following the death in police custody of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini.

Adams apologised for the incorrect pronunciation and gave a pretty measured answer to the discrimination question, which Lineker was thoroughly impressed by.

Writing on his personal Twitter account on Monday night (28 November) in response to footage of Adams at the press conference Lineker said: “Another exceptionally bright young footballer dealing with tough questions intelligently and gracefully.”


The tournament in Qatar has been hugely controversial in its own right but there are now further disagreements arising between participants based on political and societal unrest around the world.

As US captain it is impossible for Adams to keep away from these matters, but it was clearly a difficult situation for a young man to be in on the world stage.

While various important issues have been put under the spotlight in Qatar, the fact that there is more than enough fault to go around across the globe seems to be leading to an explosion of whataboutery from all sides, as blame is sent in all directions and nobody looks to address the issues they are responsible for.

Adams was forced to be the face of a decision that the coach and squad were reportedly unaware of in terms of the flag alteration and handled it well.

Leeds United and Jesse Marsch will be watching their summer signing from RB Leipzig very proudly as he has impressed on the pitch, and now in his symbolic role as the leader of the squad.

He is displaying a maturity beyond his years, and beyond plenty of his seniors, on international duty currently and is drawing plenty of plaudits for it.

Now the hope has to be that his experiences at the World Cup can be translated back into domestic action upon his return to Elland Road, with a big future ahead of him in West Yorkshire.

In other Leeds United news, another Whites player in Qatar was given a decidedly more negative assessment live on ITV.