Tyler Adams has said to Soccer AM that he tells everyone that the Leeds United fans are the best supporters he has seen, claiming that he gets goosebumps every time he steps out at Elland Road.
Adams has not taken long to become a fan favourite. He arrived at a time when it appeared that the Whites were set to lose Kalvin Phillips. And he had not had the best time at RB Leipzig. So there were concerns about whether the USMNT international would be able to step up.
But any doubts were put to bed pretty quickly. Adams has been a revelation in the Premier League. The American has arguably been our player of the season so far – along with Rodrigo and Willy Gnonto. And his form must have played a role in the midfielder being named his nation’s captain at the World Cup.
Tyler Adams amazed by Leeds fans
Of course, Leeds fans want nothing more than to see one of their own players hit the back of the net. But the supporters at Elland Road relish a full-blooded challenge like few others.
So it is no surprise that Adams – who celebrated one challenge on Michail Antonio like he had found the top corner from 30 yards – feels the love from the fans.
In this interview, he was asked about what it is like to play for the fans.
“They’re something special,” he told Soccer AM. “I tell everyone, I’ve had the luxury of playing in the Champions League with Leipzig, and some big games, but the fans here are, by far, the best fans and atmosphere that I’ve played in.
“Getting goosebumps walking out in your own stadium is a special feeling. And it’s really nice to have them behind you supporting you the whole time.”
Of course, there are times when the supporters struggle to keep their frustrations under wraps. But the fans have done brilliantly to stick with the team over a really difficult 18 months.
It certainly helps that we still have a squad of players we can identify with. Their effort can never be questioned. And there is clearly a lot of talent within the ranks.
That bond could be massive as Leeds potentially face another relegation battle. Certainly, if the squad can take their games to Adams’ level, we should be absolutely fine.