Leeds United could make a statement of intent by signing Tyler Adams this summer transfer window…
That’s according to journalist Jacque Talbot, who delivered his verdict on the Yorkshire outfit’s interest in the RB Leipzig midfielder to GIVEMESPORT this week.
Major League Soccer insider Tom Bogert believes Leeds will “try for Adams” during the off-season as manager Jesse Marsch has previously coached the American international.
“You’ve got Tyler Adams, who is a defensive midfielder in the Bundesliga,” Talbot said. “Again, he’s only 23 years old; I think he’d be a great addition.”
“If those signings [Adams and Sergino Dest] are made by Leeds, that is a statement of ambition.”
In the 23-year-old, Marsch and director of football Victor Orta could find an upgrade to Leeds’ current midfield options and you’d imagine that any addition in this role could spell trouble for Mateusz Klich, who struggled for consistent form in 2021/22.
An average WhoScored rating of 6.37, the fourth-worst of those to start 15 or more matches, paints a sorry picture. At times throughout the campaign, he was slammed as being “non-existent” by Sky Sports pundit Clinton Morrison and “embarrassing” by one SBNation site.
The arrival of Adams, who competed in the Champions League for the Bundesliga fourth-place finishers, would almost certainly force the Poland international closer to the door.
As per FBRef, the £26m-rated powerhouse ranks inside the top 2% of his position peers across Europe for blocks (2.50 per 90), the top 18% for passes completed (61.82 per 90) and the top 20% for pressures (22.53 per 90). This is certainly Marsch’s typical profile for a midfielder.
Indeed, it was Marsch who lauded Adams as a “special talent” with a “massive” ceiling for potential, whilst former Manchester United caretaker boss Ralf Rangnick claimed that the “sky is the limit” for a player that has an “unbelievable will to win.”
Just as Talbot suggests, if Leeds can even manage to convince the 28-time USMNT star to make the switch to Elland Road, then they will certainly be displaying their ambition after a sorry season in west Yorkshire.
On the above evidence, Adams is a way better option than someone like Klich, so Orta and co must make their move.