By Craig Scott

26th Jun, 2022 | 11:40am

Victor Orta in talks with Tyler Adams as Leeds United look to sign RB Leipzig ace

Victor Orta is in talks with RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams as Leeds United look to sign a replacement for Kalvin Phillips, according to Yorkshire Evening Post journalist Graham Smyth.

Writing on the YEP website on Sunday (26 June), Smyth reported that Phillips, 25, is expected to join Manchester City once he returns from his holiday and director of football Orta is pushing hard to sign a replacement.

It is understood that Adams, 23, is high on Orta’s shortlist and he’s previously played for Jesse Marsch at New York Red Bulls and his current club Leipzig, who sacked Marsch last year.

Lack of creativity

Is this it now? Can all we expect from Leeds in the transfer market is to sign players who Marsch has previously managed?

Marsch was sacked by Leipzig just months into the job there and he only started Adams six times in the Bundesliga before he was dismissed.

Adams was left on the bench a couple of times or left to come on as a late substitute in the majority of his appearances under Marsch’s leadership.

He then struggled for starts for the rest of the campaign and despite finishing with 24 Bundesliga appearances in 2021/22, he only started half of them.

Adams was also sparingly used in the Champions League group stages and the Europa League knock-out stages while he also had some niggling injury issues throughout the campaign.

He is, however, a USA international who’s seemingly highly rated by Orta and Marsch.

We’re just not sure about this approach of signing players from Red Bull clubs. Is it some way of trying to make up to them for the Jean-Kevin Augustin mess? Or is it because we don’t trust Marsch with players he hasn’t managed before?

Marc Roca is the only player who hasn’t previously played for Marsch who’s joined Leeds this summer.

There needs to be more creativity than this, surely?

In other Leeds United news, Stan Collymore has told Liverpool to sign this Elland Road ace.