Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams wants to represent the USA in dream Premier League season
Tyler Adams is looking to represent the USA while fulfilling a dream to play in the Premier League with Leeds United and heading to the World Cup with his national team.
But after being included in the top flight’s group of “Ones to Watch” players on the new FIFA23 game alongside attacking stars Erling Haaland, Raheem Sterling, Richarlison and Darwin Nunez he doesn’t want his card compared to them.
He is unimpressed with how he has been rated in the game, and would not even use himself when playing it.
Speaking to the Premier League YouTube channel he said: “Obviously it’s a good group to be a part of, some amazing players in there, obviously more attacking players than myself so I wouldn’t want to get my card compared to some of those other guys.
“I would not use that card, I would immediately put that player on the bench. I’m not joking, the stats are so bad. It’s not too great.”
Asked if this was the biggest season of his life he said: “Absolutely, I mean looking forward to having an opportunity to play in a World Cup, it’s things that you dream about when you’re a kid.
“Playing in the Premier League as well is a dream of mine, I grew up watching the Premier League week in and week out, and now to be here as an American I’m trying to just represent us right.”
It is a measure of the start to life in England that the 23-year-old has been picked out with the big-six stars, and even if he isn’t impressed with his digital likeness he is doing a strong job in reality.
Given the unenviable task of replacing local hero Kalvin Phillips after the former White’s move to Manchester City the USMNT regular has taken to the job luck a duck to water.
His smooth transition following the summer move from RB Leipzig is also helping central midfield partner Marc Roca adapt, with the Spaniard less naturally suited to the style of the Premier League.
Luis Sinisterra and fellow American Brenden Aaronson are gaining more of the plaudits by dint of playing further forward and scoring goals but Adams has been just as much of a success.
The summer business has largely proven to have added a set of strong performers to the squad, and if Roca can continue to settle in and Rasmus Kristensen finds his feet it will be an impressive haul.
The late-window shenanigans over an attacking addition soured the summer somewhat, but Willy Gnonto looks encouraging, and the outstanding form of teenage striker Sonny Perkins for the under-21s is also threatening to solve that problem anyway.
In other Leeds United news, Chris Sutton says the club lack balance under Jesse Marsch this season.