Phil Hay has told his Athletic podcast that it is “hard to think” of another Leeds United player that could eventually take the armband off captain Liam Cooper – than Tyler Adams. The US midfielder has made a good start at Leeds.

Adams, 23, was arguably our best outfield player against Liverpool last Saturday. The USMNT ace has struck a chord with the Leeds support, thanks to his hard-working, combative style. Even earning David Batty comparisons.

Cooper, 31, remains first choice at Leeds alongside Robin Koch. But the left-footer is only contracted to Leeds until June 2024. Whether he gets a new deal beyond that, remains to be seen. He will be almost 33 when his deal ends.

Luke Ayling has been dropped following the signing of Rasmus Kristensen. Patrick Bamford, Rodrigo and Koch have also captained Leeds during Jesse Marsch’s reign. Tony Dorigo has branded Adams a “leader” in a YEP column.

Indeed, when Christian Pulisic has been injured, Adams has donned the USA armband. Quite the accomplishment. Hay was discussing who could get the armband, and feels Adams is the most-likely candidate to replace Cooper.

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“He is 23, but he’s been captaining the USA. That is a young age to be taking the armband at a level like that. If there was to be a transition from Liam Cooper with the captaincy, Cooper is still under contract.

“But further down the line, if Leeds find themselves looking for a new captain – or a new matchday captain – then, at the moment, it is hard to think of where the arrow points beyond Adams,” Hay said on £57k-a-week star Adams.

Hay: Adams could take armband off Leeds captain Cooper

There is no immediate move needed to be made in regards to the club captaincy. Certainly, Scotland international Cooper is a brilliant captain – even if his performances on the pitch have been questioned on occasion.

Cooper is very good off the pitch and when he plays, the Leeds defence looks more sturdy. He might even get a new deal. But there could be a decision to make if Marsch decides to make Cooper a squad player down the line.

Leeds may need a captain on the pitch and one off it. Like West Ham did towards the end of Mark Noble’s reign. Noble wore the armband when he got the odd game, but Declan Rice was on-field captain. That could happen.

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