Leeds United favourite Tyler Adams hailed by Tottenham's Matt Doherty ahead of major new responsibility
Tyler Adams has stood out for Leeds United since his summer according to Tottenham’s Matt Doherty, despite the Whites man being sent off in the teams’ clash this month.
The American midfielder picked up two bookings in the drama-filled 4-3 loss in north London on 12 November, but has otherwise been one of the Whites’ best players so far this season.
And the 23-year-old has now been rewarded at the World Cup in Qatar by being handed the USMNT captain’s armband by coach Gregg Berhalter, and will lead his side out against Wales in their opener on Monday evening (21 November).
In his World Cup diary for the official Tottenham website he said of who to look out for: “Obviously, Spurs players aside, I would say Tyler Adams, USA. I’ve been quite impressed with him since he came into the Premier League at Leeds.
“I thought he played well against us last time out, okay, he got sent off at the end, but every time I’ve watched him play for Leeds he’s looked energetic, competitive, good quality on the ball – a player who has stood out for me.”
The Leeds United season has been erratic so far, with an excellent start followed by an increasingly-concerning stretch without a win.
Two hugely-important wins, followed by that frustrating but entertaining defeat at Spurs, heading into the World Cup break has lifted fortunes at Elland Road, and given Jesse Marsch a platform to build from upon the return.
A number of new arrivals came in during the summer as the club looked to avoid a repeat of last season’s relegation battle, and Adams has got a strong claim to be the most successful of all of them.
Until he missed the final few minutes at Tottenham he had played every minute of every game aside from the Fulham defeat he missed through injury, and has been a relentlessly combative presence in midfield.
The centre of the United line-up was a weakness for much of last season, with former star Kalvin Phillips out injured long-term, so the fact that it hasn’t been a glaring issue in the new campaign owes a lot to Adams, arguably more than partner and fellow new arrival Marc Roca.
He is clearly an impressive character at a young age to have been chosen to lead his side at the World Cup, and if his Whites career continues as it has started there is every chance he gets the same responsibility in West Yorkshire.
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