The Independent claim it is “unthinkable” that Leeds United midfielder and USA skipper Tyler Adams drops into the Championship and sticks with the Elland Road club – despite prior reports saying Leeds are fighting to keep him.

Adams, 24, was easily on course to be considered the club’s best player this season – or at least, alongside Rodrigo – before injury struck. Having played for USA in Qatar, the workload might have proved too much. Surgery needed.

He remains on the sidelines at Leeds, and will likely be in the stands when Leeds play host to Tottenham on Sunday. His form in the Premier League beforehand, though, and in Qatar is more than likely to generate interest in him.

The Athletic say Leeds are fighting to keep hold of Adams even if the club do go down to the Championship this season. Which, of course, is likely. But the Independent deliver a grim verdict on our chances of keeping Adams.

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“An excellent ball-winner, ball-carrier and team leader, it’s unthinkable he’d drop down into the second division. An injury absence at the end of this season hasn’t helped Leeds but he has long since shown himself a top performer.”

Unthinkable that Leeds midfielder Tyler Adams drops into Championship

Leeds have got to do everything within their power to keep Adams, and the midfielder may feel a sense of duty to at least help the Whites get back into the Premier League at the first attempt. This is of course, if we suffer relegation.

But realistically, if a club that are competing in the higher echelons of one of Europe’s top-five leagues comes in for Adams, then he will go. Premier League clubs have been linked – the likes of Newcastle. Such a move makes sense.

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