Phil Hay: 'Obstinate' Tyler Adams won't 'keep his mouth shut' at Leeds United
Tyler Adams was a star performer for Leeds United against Liverpool on Saturday, and Phil Hay sees similarities between the midfielder and his manager Jesse Marsch.
Leeds United overcame the odds on Saturday evening to cause a huge upset against Liverpool at Anfield. Rodrigo and Cyscencio Summerville stole the headlines by scoring, but Adams was as crucial as anyone during the win.
He’s immediately become a fan favourite and a first-team regular at Elland Road, and The Athletic’s Hay believes Adams’ inability to “keep his mouth shut” helps him resonate with Marsch and the fans.
“There was no settling-in period or nervous integration; more a swagger that made him feel like part of the dressing room’s furniture overnight,” Hay wrote via The Athletic.
“People who know him and Jesse Marsch talk about them being alike, about their shared traits and attitudes. They are fundamental to the fact that Marsch has worked with Adams at three different clubs.
“Marsch rates his drive, his aggression and his positive, obstinate personality. He accepts that Adams knows his own mind and is not inclined to keep his mouth shut. He finds something infectious about the midfielder looking at reputations and shrugging his shoulders.”
A natural leader
The best possible compliment Adams could be given at Leeds is that he’s made Kalvin Phillips’ departure forgettable.
He’s slotted into the Leeds midfield with ease and has formed a very likeable partnership alongside fellow summer signing Marc Roca.
His tenacity, energy and leadership in the middle of the park has been a rare shining light in an otherwise dull season. He was terribly missed in the Fulham defeat, but it made his return at Anfield so much sweeter.
Adams provided superb protection to a fragile Leeds backline and was able to link up defence and attack despite Liverpool’s constant pressure.
Despite having only moved to the Premier League a few months ago, Adams was unfazed by the Anfield atmosphere and the huge pressure on Leeds’ shoulders – if anything he basked in it.
Liam Cooper is nailed on to be Leeds’ captain for however long he stays at the club, but Adams is already putting in an early application for the armband when he does sadly leave.
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