Leeds United midfielder Tyler Adams starred for the United States in their World Cup draw against England on Friday 25 November.
Adams started for the US in the middle of the park – and was given the captaincy – by Gregg Berhalter, and impressed as he held a sluggish English side at bay and dominated the midfield battle all night long.
The match ended up 0-0 after a lack of quality plagued an otherwise almighty effort from the U.S. team, but what did the American media make of the Leeds player?
American paper Los Angeles Times believe the Leeds man was “dominant in midfield” where he Weston McKennie and Yunus Musah “harried England all night.”
The Washington Post also praised Adams saying: “Inspiration was provided by captain Tyler Adams, who, from his defensive midfield slot, won loose ball after loose ball and executed a superb tackle in the penalty area to prevent trouble.”
ESPN were slightly less generous in their assessment, only awarding him a 7/10 rating, but did highlight his amazing performance on the big stage: “Once again, Adams did a little bit of everything, but at a high level, breaking up plays and connecting his passes at a steady clip.”
NBC were left mightily impressed with the U.S. captain and named him their man of the match and awarding him a 7.5/10 rating.
They highlighted the suffocating performance the Leeds midfielder produced: “The captain led by example and led the press which rattled England. Adams is the heartbeat of this team and everyone feeds off the fire he brings. McKennie was also everywhere pushing forward in his hybrid role on the right.”
If there are still any doubts from Leeds fans about Adams’ quality, then this performance has surely squashed them.
The 23-year-old was immense in the heart of the U.S. midfield all night long, hurrying and hassling his English counterparts whenever they received the ball and continuing to press in this aggressive manner all night long.
His work on the ball can’t have gone noticed either, as he was key to springing several of his side’s counter-attacks from the base of midfield and using the ball smartly whenever picking it up off the defence.
In a match-up against two of Europe’s most promising midfielders in Declan Rice and Jude Bellingham, Adams delivered a performance for the ages and easily outplayed the two English youngsters who both struggled to impose themselves on the game.
If the Leeds midfielder can translate his national side’s form to Elland Road, then Leeds fans could be in for a treat when the Premier League commences on Boxing Day.