Leeds star Tyler Adams chooses Premier League hero, hints he was an Arsenal fan
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Leeds star Tyler Adams chooses Premier League hero, hints he was an Arsenal fan

Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams has told USA’s latest press conference – as per the Yorkshire Evening Post – that Thierry Henry was his footballing idol growing up, even hinting that he was an Arsenal fan during his childhood.

Adams, 23, is set to captain his country for the second time at the World Cup on Friday, when they go up against England. A huge game for both countries but perhaps more so, for Adams and the US, after failing to win their opener.

England are widely expected to go on and win the group, after beating Iran 6-2. Meanwhile, USA and Wales drew their opener, leaving the battle for second place up for grabs. If the US can nick a point, it could boost their chances.

Ahead of Friday’s clash, Adams was asked to name his childhood hero and he picked Henry. Not least, because Henry captained New York Red Bulls – Adams’ first club. But Adams also hinted he was an Arsenal fan growing up.

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“Growing up the Premier League was always the dream. I grew up a huge Thierry Henry fan. Obviously he was great for New York Red Bulls but also growing up I watched a lot of Arsenal games. I admired him, how he played the game.”

Leeds midfielder Adams: Henry was his footballing idol growing up

Little surprise, given that Henry remains one of the Premier League’s best-ever players. Of course, it helps that he played for Adams’ boyhood club alongside the likes of Mike Grella and Lloyd Sam. Two ex-Leeds United players.

Can Adams help USA get a result against England? No doubt. Adams is a top player and the US have a much-better side than Iran. But England will be massive favourites and it will be quite the shock if Adams and co. get a result.

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