Phil Hay has written in his latest column piece on the Athletic that Jesse Marsch rates Leeds star Tyler Adams because of his aggressive personality – despite Adams often speaking his own mind, and rarely keeping his “mouth shut”.
Adams, 23, was probably our best outfield player last Saturday at Anfield, as the Whites managed to pull off a shock 2-1 win against Liverpool. Illan Meslier was man of the match, but Adams was within an inch of the award for his display.
He was everywhere. The £57k-a-week ace has produced some memorable performances this season, but the one at Liverpool was his best. Lung-busting stamina, tackle after tackle, but the ability to read the game, making interceptions.
Marsch has worked with Adams twice before. At New York Red Bulls, and then at RB Leipzig. Now in their third spell together, Adams is playing against his toughest opponents yet – but he is proving why he is deserving of the chance.
Hay writes: “Marsch rates his drive, his aggression and his positive, obstinate personality. He accepts that Adams knows his own mind and is not inclined to keep his mouth shut. He finds something infectious about the midfielder.”
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Hay: Marsch rates Leeds star Adams because of aggressive personality
What a signing Adams has turned out to be, even at this early stage. £20million on a midfielder that is still only 23, but is just 12 games away from clocking up 200 club appearances. He played 74 times for NYRB, and 103 for Leipzig.
On Saturday, he will make his 12th appearance for Leeds. He has even captained his country, when Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic is unavailable. Leeds have got themselves a real bargain – even Tony Dorigo thinks his example is one to follow.
If Leeds are going to do anything successful this season, keeping Adams fit is going to be pivotal to that. Every team needs a player like him Tottenham have Pierre-Emile Hojbjerg, Liverpool have Jordan Henderson. Leeds have Adams.