Forget Attwell; Tyler Adams' performance deserves real attention
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Forget Attwell; Tyler Adams' performance deserves real attention

On a difficult day at Elland Road, it was the performance of Stuart Attwell which stood out to many Leeds United supporters following their draw with Aston Villa.

There is absolutely no question that Attwell infuriated fans with his decisions during the stalemate on Sunday. And a look on social media will tell you that few are struggling to think of a worse officiating performance.

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However, perhaps it was another display that deserves even more attention as Leeds fought their way to a really impressive point.

Tyler Adams’ performance when Leeds needed him was colossal

Tyler Adams has won a lot of plaudits since his arrival in the summer. And his partnership with Marc Roca in the middle of the park has quickly become integral to Leeds’ fortunes.

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Roca has been the standout on a few occasions. But there is absolutely no doubt that Adams’ contribution was absolutely crucial to Leeds seeing out Sunday’s game.

Leeds, of course, played most of the second-half with 10 men after Luis Sinisterra was sent off. And shortly after, Jesse Marsch changed shape by taking Roca off for Junior Firpo.

That left Adams somewhat on his own in front of the defence. In fairness, he had three centre-backs behind him. And Mateusz Klich’s energy gave Leeds a lift in the final 11 minutes.

But Adams’ ability to get everywhere on the pitch was so important. He was clever in possession. And he never failed to get stuck in when the chance presented itself.

It felt like a common occurrence to see Adams gain possession and threaten to drive the side forward.

There were concerns when Adams arrived as part of the solution to losing Kalvin Phillips. He had not had a good time towards the end of his spell with RB Leipzig.

But Adams could have hardly done more for Leeds. And his ability to dominate the midfield battle after being left on his own just summed up how important he has already become at Elland Road.

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