By Sam Stone

27th Nov, 2022 | 11:10am

Ian Wright wowed by Tyler Adams as he gets N'Golo Kante vibe off Leeds United ace

Ian Wright has likened Tyler Adams to N’Golo Kante as the Leeds United captain shines for the USA at the World Cup in Qatar.

Adams was an integral part of the USA side which drew 0-0 with England in their second group-stage fixture of the tournament.

Wright was in awe of the 23-year-old’s performance and believes Leeds have a “proper player” in their ranks for the years to come.

“Flowers for Tyler Adams because when he went to Leeds and you see him play a little bit you think he can handle it here,” said Wright (quoted by The Boot Room, 27 November [Wrighty’s House Podcast]). 

“I watched him in the first game against Wales and it was a fairly easy game for him. In that game yesterday [against England], I got Kante vibes in the way he was snuffing and intercepting, tackles. I got that kind of vibe. 

“People are going to say ‘you’re comparing him to Kante’, I’m not. I haven’t seen somebody that good at what he’s doing for a long time in that position – since that Kante vibe. If there’s something over there, he’s over there snuffing it out. He’s like how Kante was. He’s like a magnet to the ball where the problems are going to come. 

“He was fantastic. Again, I’ve not seen too much of [Weston] McKennie as I’ve just seen little bits of him, he is something as well. I believe that in Tyler Adams, Leeds have got a proper player.”

Captain fantastic

Adams is a Leeds United captain in the making, with his performances on the international stage further highlighting his importance for Jesse Marsch’s side moving forward. Against England, he was aggressive, tenacious and ever-present in midfield for Gregg Berhalter’s side.

He is beginning to look like a bargain for Leeds and at 23, he is only going to go from strength to strength over the coming years. Considering his current form, questions will undoubtedly emerge when it comes to his future at Elland Road, with some of England’s and Europe’s biggest clubs likely to show interest.

It’s been reported (TEAMtalk, 30 October) Manchester United do hold an interest in the midfielder, although he’s “unlikely” to depart Elland Road any time soon. If the Yorkshire side want to kick on and progress in the coming years then holding on to Adams will be absolutely essential.

He could well prove to be a vital cog if Marsch’s men wish to push up the table and contend in the top half of the Premier League.

In other Leeds United news, a pundit has tipped this first-team star to quit Elland Road in 2023.