Another chalk up Leeds United States (USA).
Tyler Adams follows American teammate Brendan Aaronson and heads down Elland Road from Red Bull ownership, where he will play with American coach Jesse Marsh for a club that has suddenly become as important and interesting as any with regard to the fortunes of the United States. Men’s World Cup 2022. Adams leaves RB Leipzig to meet Marsch at a third destination (New York Red Bulls, Leipzig, Leeds) for a reported £20m ($23.9m), signaling the end of his Bundesliga spell and dawn A new challenge in a vital time.
In terms of player-manager proportionality, you would think he couldn’t do much better for both Adams and Aaronson, who will be tasked with adapting to the demands of the Premier League while staying fit and fit in order to be peak form for a trip to Qatar in November. Both have played for Marsh previously (Aaronson did at Salzburg), so there shouldn’t be much of an acclimation process, at least in terms of his preferred style, and there should be a lot of support for both from the top. Adams didn’t score much, but his first unofficial goal for Red Bull came nearly seven years ago in a friendly against Chelsea, when he was 16 and when Marsh was his coach. Suffice it to say, there is an understanding and measurement of history between them that is not all that common among players and coaches.
“Jesse has had a huge impact on my career thus far,” Adams said. Leeds Video Channel. “He gave me a lot of experiences as a young player that other players might not have.”
That doesn’t mean this would be an easy path to play time, though, for any American star. Leeds may have lost midfielder Calvin Phillips to Manchester City and could sell star winger Ravenha, but Adams and Aaronson are not the only alternatives brought in. slated to be signed from Feyenoord) would also strengthen Marsch’s team, and his main goal is to avoid the same kind of relegation junk that the Leeds nearly claimed last season, not serving the greater good of the USMNT. If both can be achieved, that’s great, but the situation is where even though the conditions for the American players seem perfect, nothing will be spoon-fed. The Premier League can be tough, with Marsh almost finding the hard way just months after taking over as Leeds manager.
“That’s the most important thing to me – playing against the best teams, playing against the best players, and proving yourself to everyone. That’s why I chose here,” Adams said.
There will be a lot of pressure on both Adams and Aaronson to deliver, and for Adams in particular, he has come off a season with some mixed results. He started only 12 league games with RB Leipzig, but ended up winning the Bundesliga title in what ended up bidding him farewell to the club. There will be focus on him being a key player in Leeds XI as he prepares for what should be a role with a high degree of responsibility in Qatar.
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There could be long-term repercussions for the national team after the upcoming World Cup as well, depending on how their future with the club develops. Both are signed with Leeds during the next World Cup – which the United States will co-host with Mexico and Canada – with Adams and Aaronson in five-year deals through the summer of 2027.
Their signings topped a busy summer of player movement that was largely expected of the American pool of players given how vulnerable many of the individual club’s positions were. Goalkeepers Zach Stephen (reportedly heading to Middlesbrough) and Ethan Horvath (Luton Town) will go on loan with a view to securing more regular playing time, while Matt Turner (Arsenal) will be hoping exposure to the Premier League will replace his top-tier position in MLS. . In the meantime, Jordan Pivok is heading to the Bundesliga (Union Berlin) after scoring in Switzerland as he pleases, and perhaps could throw himself back into a more prominent position on the striker’s depth chart.
The biggest unanswered question revolves around Christian Pulisic, with Chelsea clearly looking to change their options amid reports of an agreement on personal terms with Raheem Sterling, with other links with Ravenha, Maxwell Cornet and even Neymar (though Christophe is the new PSG boss. Galtier claimed he wanted Neymar to stay when he was presented as a replacement for Mauricio Pochettino). Regardless of whether Chelsea – and new US owner/interim sporting director Todd Boehle – actually end up adding anyone, it can’t be comfortable or stable for a player whose status with the club always appears to be in flux.
To this end, the landing sites for Adams and Aronson are ideal. There will be a layer of comfort in knowing they are playing for a familiar manager, and there should be no concern in communicating with the US Soccer team and Gregg Berhalter about their well-being and physical condition. That’s close to the World Cup, with little time left as a national team, the clubs’ attitudes and environments mean it all, and for Adams and Aaronson it’s very likely they’ve found the right items.
“Regular playing time is important to me, and I want to make a big impact here as well,” Adams said. “It will have a huge impact on how we perform as a national team at the World Cup.”
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