Leeds United transfer news: Tyler Adams expected to leave Elland Road amid Manchester United recommendation
Tyler Adams is very unlikely to be playing in the Championship at Leeds United next season because he can “improve” most of the Premier League, according to Dean Jones.
The Whites midfielder is one of the first-team players that the Elland Road hierarchy “desperately” want to keep hold of after relegation [The Athletic, 1 June], but with the 24-year-old recommended to the likes of Manchester Untied Jones believes it is fanciful.
After arriving from RB Leipzig last summer the American established himself as a fixture in the centre of midfield, but is now a target for multiple Premier League sides including Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest [The Athletic, 8 June], plus Liverpool, Newcastle and Tottenham, as well as the Old Trafford club [90min, 30 May].
The former Eurosport journalist told GIVEMESPORT: “I find it very hard to believe that Tyler Adams will be playing in the Championship next season. He’s got the traits that could help half the Premier League improve next season.
“He’s even been recommended at Manchester United as we’ve heard about before.”
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With so many top flight clubs having taken notice of the Whites top midfielder it is clearly not going to be easy to keep him at Elland Road.
It will likely take Adams himself having built a strong enough bond with the club during his debut season to shun interest from elsewhere himself unless the hierarchy is prepared to play hardball and potentially risk unsettling him.
He would seem a prime candidate to be a leader for the promotion push so it makes sense that Leeds United want to hold onto him, especially given the dearth of other midfield options with Weston McKennie back at Juventus and Marc Roca already in talks over a return to La Liga.
Adam Forshaw’s contract is running out but could be a key cog in the second tier if he could ever stay fit for a length of time, but otherwise it is as-yet largely untested under-21s Darko Gyabi and Archie Gray for central spots.
Logic suggests Adams is doing to be a departure this summer, but if the club does lose their entire set of senior options at the position it will make it a huge priority for the incoming manager to add replacements.
So many central midfielders are on the move during this window, from Jude Bellingham and Declan Rice down, it could go one of two ways, as either all the suitors for Adams land an alternative or their interest shoots up if they miss out elsewhere.
In other Leeds United news, there is confidence close to one Elland Road managerial contender that the job may now be his.