By Ben Wylie

21st Apr, 2023 | 7:10pm

Phil Hay: 'High' chance Tyler Adams doesn't play again for Leeds United this season in injury blow

In disappointing news for Leeds United fans, The Athletic journalist Phil Hay is sceptical over whether Tyler Adams will feature again this season.

Leeds face a trip to Fulham this weekend in Saturday’s lunchtime kick-off (21 April 12:30pm), and will be desperate to take points following their recent form.

The Whites have been on the receiving end of subsequent 5-1 and 6-1 defeats from Crystal Palace and Liverpool in their last two, and currently find themselves just two points outside the relegation zone in 16th.

With just seven games to go, every game feels like a cup final for Javi Garcia’s side, however unfortunately for the Spaniard, they could be without their star man again for what remains of this season.

“Gracia was rotating players in that area, but Adams was always there, he was always picking Adams,” Hay told listeners of his podcast, The Phil Hay Show (21 April 4m 30s).

“He was mixing it up slightly, but it was Adams and McKennie or Adams and Roca apart from at the point where Adams wasn’t fit to play. I think that tells you Adams is somebody Gracia would have absolutely wanted in there and he’s definitely someone they need at the moment. 

“But we’re almost at the end of April now and at the time when Adams did his hamstring, it seemed unlikely that he would play again before the end of the season. I would imagine the chances aren’t particularly high, as it stands.”

Hay’s right to be concerned

Hay is right to point out Adams’ absence, as prior to the Wolves game back in mid-March, the American had started all but two of Leeds’ previous 24 outings, completing 90 minutes on 23 occasions (Transfermarkt).

As defensive midfielders go, Adams has been one of the best around this season, sitting joint-second for league tackles with 89 as the American averages an outrageous 3.7 per 90 (Sofascore).

Moreover, the midfielder attempts a sound 56.68 passes per game, whilst he puts up a strong 2.12 blocks and 1.40 per 90 interceptions seeing him act as the bedrock of Leeds’ midfield (FB Ref).

If Hay is right and Adams isn’t to feature again this season, the American will certainly be a big miss, with Leeds still to face fellow relegation candidates Leicester City, Bournemouth and West Ham in their remaining games as they strive to beat the drop.

In other Leeds United news, Hay has also shared an update on Leeds’ pursuit of Manuel Ugarte.