Midfielder Tyler Adams has told NBC Sports that he feels Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch is “underrated” when it comes to his tactical know how – labelling the American gaffer is both incredibly “optimistic” and “positive”.

Adams, 23, was watching on from the sidelines on Wednesday night. The USA captain was suspended for our return to action having been sent off at Tottenham prior to the World Cup break. But, he was in attendance at Elland Road.

Leeds sit in 15th place in the Premier League table after 15 games, the last of which saw Manchester City cruise to a 3-1 win. Erling Haaland scored twice and could have had a whole lot more – while Rodri got one himself for City.

There has been criticism from sections of the media, and Leeds fans. Marsch’s system does leave Leeds open, and while goals are flowing – Leeds do struggle to keep them out. But Adams was full of praise for underrated Marsch.

“His tactical knowledge is very underrated. He learned from some amazing managers in the Red Bull system. With, without the ball. A lot of his game is against the ball. His personality, he is a very positive, optimistic person.”

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Adams feels Leeds manager Marsch is underrated despite 3-1 defeat

How is £67k-a-week Marsch doing? About as well as anyone could really have predicted. Having finished 17th last season and kept Leeds up by the skin of his teeth, any Leeds fan would have taken a season avoiding similar.

That means anything 10th to 15th is more than acceptable. Leeds currently sit in 15th, having faced Manchester City and Spurs in their last two games. Up next is Newcastle, West Ham, Aston Villa, Nottingham Forest and Brentford.

While a trip to Newcastle on Saturday will be tricky, there is every chance that Leeds could notch a couple of wins up. Adams is also back on Saturday, a huge boost. So, Marsch is doing a good job – but fans are expectant.

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