Jesse Marsch has told TIME that Tyler Adams has an opportunity to become a really big player in the future, as the Leeds United star captains his country at the World Cup.
Adams has enjoyed an amazing season up until now. It is easy to forget that some of us had concerns about Adams coming in as it became apparent that Kalvin Phillips was likely to leave.
Adams is a player who has shown his talent in the past. However, it did appear that his development at RB Leipzig had stagnated somewhat in more recent months.
Marsch praises Tyler Adams
However, we have not seen that player since his move to Elland Road. Adams has arguably been our player of the season so far. And he was rewarded by being named as captain of the USMNT side for the World Cup.
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Adams was ‘sensational’ in the opening game as the US drew with Wales. And it appears that he is going to be a crucial player for as long as Gregg Berhalter’s men are in the tournament.
Marsch has got the best out of Adams since his move. And in a feature piece with TIME, Marsch outlined just how impressive the 23-year-old has been.
“Tyler’s mentality is he wants to be the best,” he said. “[He has] confidence, athleticism, clarity, aggressiveness, and quality. He has a real possibility of becoming a big player.”
Adams is looking a better candidate to become the next captain of Leeds by the day. It is a situation that the Whites are surely going to have to consider in the coming years with Liam Cooper still the skipper.
Cooper is a Leeds legend. Whatever you think of his quality now, you cannot deny that the Scotland international has been an absolutely outstanding servant on and off the pitch. And he absolutely deserved that moment to lift the Championship trophy.
When the time does come for Cooper to be moved aside as a first-team regular, Adams seems an obvious candidate to take the armband.
If Marsch is in charge, he may well agree.