Aaron Long says Leeds midfielder Tyler Adams is an amazing player
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Aaron Long says Leeds midfielder Tyler Adams is an amazing player

USMNT defender Aaron Long has labelled Tyler Adams an amazing player and suggested that the Leeds United midfielder has the heart of a lion ahead of the World Cup – in comments reported by Fox Sports.

Leeds fans will certainly have one eye on how Adams fares in Qatar. He has made a brilliant start to life in the Premier League.

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And reports this weekend claimed that he is set to be announced on Sunday as the US’s captain for the tournament after each player voted on who should get the armband.

Tyler Adams is amazing

Adams is someone who some Leeds fans have earmarked as a future skipper. And that belief will only increase should the 23-year-old captain his country over the coming weeks.

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Certainly, it would appear that Long may have voted for Adams. The defender played alongside him for New York Red Bulls. And he is clearly a big fan of the midfielder.

“He has the heart of a lion,” he said, as reported by Fox Sports. “I think he shows that everywhere he goes. He is a key, key part of this team for what he brings on the field and what he brings off the field. He is an amazing guy and an amazing player.”

It would be fantastic to see Adams captain the USMNT. Gregg Berhalter is working with a very young squad. And Adams would be only the second skipper at the tournament – after Harry Kane – to be under the age of 30.

It also bodes well for the future with Leeds. Like the US, the Whites boast a really young squad, with six of the starting lineup for our clash with Tottenham aged 23 or younger.

Darko Gyabi, Mateo Joseph, Sonny Perkins, Joe Gelhardt and Sam Greenwood were also on the bench. So the future is incredibly bright for Leeds if that core of young players continues to develop.

Adams already feels like a big player in the Leeds system. It is almost remarkable to think that he is only 23 given how well he has handled the challenge of coming into a new league.

Obviously, the USMNT’s hopes rest on a number of players. But it will be a real statement for Adams if he can impress after leading his nation out.

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