By Saikat Mandal

1st Dec, 2022 | 10:10am

Graham Smyth addresses Tyler Adams potential Leeds United exit rumours

Graham Smyth has suggested that talks of Tyler Adams potentially leaving Leeds United in the summer are wide of the mark, but it could happen at some point in the future if he excels.

Fox Sports Tv analyst Stu Holden wrote on 25 November that Adams will be off to a top-level Champions League team next summer if he keeps on playing well.

Adams was superb for the USA against England, and he produced another outstanding performance in the 1-0 against Iran to take his country to the next round.

Leeds signed him in the summer transfer window from RB Leipzig for a fee of around £20m and based on his performances so far, it looks like his deal is a “bargainous” sum already.

“As relentless as the PSV striker, who Leeds genuinely seemed to believe they had a chance of signing late in the summer window, has been, so too has Adams, a player they did manage to get over the line for what now looks a bargainous sum of £20m,” wrote Smyth for Yorkshire Evening Times.

“This, for Victor Orta in particular, is all good stuff, proof that the player he managed to unite with Jesse Marsch was worth every penny of the £20m and probably more besides.

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“The downside of course is that the better Adams’ story becomes, the further the familiarity will stretch and that has already crept in – thanks very much to ex-Bolton midfielder Stu Holden.

“‘If he finishes the Premier League season the way he started it, he’ll be off to a top level Champions League team. What a player,’ Tweeted the Fox Soccer analyst, firing the starter pistol on a narrative Leeds would like even less than the Gakpo one.

“It is early for such talk but in all honesty, it’s always going to come at some point when a player excels. When Phillips did so for England, an inevitability began to engulf him so it can be no surprise that Adams doing so against England could prompt such talk from Holden and others.”

Spot on

Adams joined the Whites on a long-term deal in the summer, and Leeds are under no pressure to sell him. 

He has been brilliant for Leeds United (and for his country) so far, and it’s too early to say whether he will move to a big Champions League club next summer. 

The 23-year-old has the ability to play for a big European club, and the opportunity will come to him at some point if he keeps on playing well. Every player wants to play in the Champions League, and Adams will want to experience that as well.

It can be seen as an over-the-top reaction from Holden. Obviously, the more he draws attention with strong performances, the more he will be in demand, but an exit from Elland Road next summer is unlikely to happen.

Adams has made 13 starts in the Premier League so far and forged a strong partnership alongside Marc Roca. 

It has been a stuttering start for the Whites this season and they find themselves 15th in the league table. The results need to improve after the break, and the Whites fans will be hoping that Adams will continue to dazzle. 

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