By Craig Scott

23rd Jun, 2022 | 6:40am

Leeds United ready swoop to sign Tyler Adams as Kalvin Phillips replacement

Leeds United are readying a move to sign RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams as they plan for life after Kalvin Phillips, according to The Mirror.

The newspaper reported via their print edition on Thursday (23 June, page 49) that Phillips, 26, is “likely” to join the Premier League champions and that has led to Leeds believing USA international Adams, 23, could “plug the gap” should a move materialise.

It is understood that Leeds feel Adams would be a “useful replacement” for Phillips and notes that he’s previously played for Jesse Marsch at Leipzig and New York Red Bulls.

Interesting

Leeds have signed Brenden Aaronson, Rasmus Kristensen and Marc Roca since the 2021/22 season ended.

Aaronson and Kristensen have both been managed by Marsch at Red Bull Salzburg and it seems that the Leeds manager wants to continue signing players who he’s previously worked with by eyeing up Adams.

Roca is, so far, the only addition this summer with no previous ties to Marsch, which suggests that the American’s transfer strategy is lacking in imagination.

While Marsch did have success at Salzburg (who wouldn’t based on how they dominate Austrian football?), he flopped miserably at Leipzig and Adams was one of the players who was meant to stand out for him.

Dubbed a “genuine all-rounder” on the Bundesliga website due to his ability to play as a holding midfielder, central midfielder, right-back and right-winger, Adams is a player who would fit in at Leeds.

He’s 23-years-old, he’s been capped 19 times by the USA and has over 100 appearances in all competitions for Leipzig, who won the German Cup in 2021/22 and reached the quarter-finals of the Europa League.

Adams, however, found himself in and out of Leipzig’s team and started just 12 Bundesliga matches.

He’s clearly a talented player but come on, Leeds. How many more players are we going to sign who are either American or have played for Red Bull clubs?

What’s the point in Victor Orta’s scouting network if he’s just going to let Marsch sign players he used to work with?

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