Jesse Marsch witnessed his side put on a pressing masterclass and thanks to goals from Brenden Aaronson, Rodrigo and Jack Harrison, they walked away with an impressive 3-0 victory.
The American summer signing was one player that stood out with his relentless work rate from the front as he was deployed behind the striker. He capitalised on a big mistake from Blues goalkeeper Eduoard Mendy in the 33rd minute and that really set the tone for the rest of the game.
However, it was another new arrival from across the Atlantic that arguably ran the show all game, that being Tyler Adams.
The former RB Leipzig star has really stepped up in the absence of Kalvin Phillips, who swapped his boyhood club for defending champions Manchester City earlier in the transfer window.
Adams, who stands at just 5 foot 9, was a terrier in the engine room as he won a game-high four tackles and a squad-high three interceptions, as per SofaScore.
The 23-year-old was imperative in breaking up the Blues’ play in midfield, thwarting the likes of Conor Gallagher, who is a bundle of energy himself, and the more creative Mason Mount.
He also contributed one block, one clearance and won a total of six ground duels.
Adams particularly caught the eye of The Athletic journalist Phil Hay, who described the USMNT international as “a genuine grab-your-spade-and-dig-for-90-minutes midfielder” who is “tailor-made for this system.”
Elsewhere, the American dynamo made 83% of his passes, having made more accurate attempts than any other Leeds player that featured in the game, which goes to show just how much influence he had on the team’s success.
Adams also registered more touches than any of Marsch’s men too, further reinforcing the fact that he effectively ran proceedings at Elland Road.
Indeed, it was Adams’ world and we were simply living in it on Sunday afternoon. Aaronson may well take the plaudits as the creative spark but it was his fellow countryman’s ruthless edge in a deeper role that was the keystone to this monumental victory.