Illan Meslier has told NBC Sports that Tyler Adams is a pleasure to play with at Leeds United, insisting that the midfielder is a fantastic person to have in the squad.

Adams has been a real success story for the Whites. It is probably fair to say that Leeds supporters were not entirely convinced about the 23-year-old when he arrived given that he had been disappointing towards the end of his time for RB Leipzig.

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But there is now a debate to be had amongst some fans regarding whether he is more valuable to the Leeds side than Kalvin Phillips. For some, it may be way too soon to make that claim. But the fact that that discussion is being had says so much about how good Adams has been since his £20 million move.

Meslier lauds Leeds teammate Tyler Adams

And of course, the youngster took that form to the World Cup. Adams was outstanding for the USMNT as they reached the last 16 in Qatar. The midfielder captained the side and was man of the match on a couple of occasions.

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That led to Adams being named the USMNT player of the year. And when asked about his teammate, Meslier suggested that he deserves all of the accolades coming his way.

“Tyler is a fantastic person, I like him a lot because we are close in age,” he told NBC Sports. “He’s very nice, very important also for us on the pitch.

“Good leader who gives some advice. I saw that he received the USA trophy for the year. It’s totally deserved and I’m very happy for him. And it’s a pleasure to play with him everyday.”

It is noticeable when Adams is not in the side. He brings real balance to the team. And it is commonly said that he does seem to cover every blade of grass across the pitch.

It always appears that Adams reads the game impeccably. He is often seen popping up in the right position when Leeds need him.

His challenge now is surely to make sure that his form does not go off the boil as it perhaps did in Leipzig. But there is absolutely no question that bringing him to Leeds in the summer was a real masterstroke.

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