'Smart': Leeds star receives enormous praise from his home country this week
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'Smart': Leeds star receives enormous praise from his home country this week

Leeds United star Tyler Adams has received enormous praise from CBS Sports for his performance for the United States on Monday, despite failing to beat Wales – earning an 8/10 rating and described as the “best player on the pitch”.

Adams, 23, went into the game after being announced as USA captain. He replaced Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic, who laid on the assist for USA’s goal – Timo Weah finished smartly. But Wales pegged USA back, Gareth Bale netting a penalty.

But Adams was superb at the base of the midfield. Taylor Twellman, an ex-United States striker with 30 senior caps, took to Twitter to describe Adams as USA’s most-important player by some distance. Judging by Monday, he is right.

Adams was everywhere, breaking up play, being aggressive and particularly, in the face of Aaron Ramsey after Wales won a corner in the second half. But he showed he can also be a playmaker with some lovely, long-range passing.

CBS Sports gave him 8/10: “Best player on the field. The captain was cool and composed. Played smart, instructing those around him, leading by example. Late tackle on Bale that was impressive. He’s the heart and soul of this team.”

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Leeds star Adams receives enormous praise from CBS Sports

What a display it was from Adams. Leeds fans have been accustomed to his lung-busting, tenacious midfield displays that saw him mastermind wins over Liverpool and Chelsea. Leeds have got themselves a bargain at just £20million.

How long can Leeds keep him at the club? Clearly, Adams has ambition. But he will also tell you himself, he is playing the best football of his career. At Elland Road, he has the platform in the Premier League to go on and shine.

However, the more he continues to shine at the World Cup and in the Premier League, Leeds will no doubt find that clubs become interested. The Whites have the ball in their park should interest arise, with his deal lasting until 2027.

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