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'Far too conservative': National media slate £20m Leeds United player's passing after his international display
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'Far too conservative': National media slate £20m Leeds United player's passing after his international display

The international break has finally come to an end, and Leeds United’s players can return to Elland Road.

Jesse Marsch’s players can now focus on the Premier League, as they host Aston Villa on Sunday.

One of the final players who will be returning from international duty will be Tyler Adams.

The American earned his 32nd cap for the Stars and Stripes in their 0-0 draw with Saudi Arabia.

Adams didn’t have his best game as the USA struggled, with his poor passing a particular concern.

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The 23-year-old was asked to play on his own in a holding role by manager Gregg Berhalter.

Leeds fans have seen the best of Adams when he plays in a two-man midfield, normally alongside Marc Roca.

Adams will be hoping he can find his best form back at Elland Road after his £20m in the summer.

He and his American teammates will need to significantly improve before facing England at the World Cup.

Adams poor passing a concern

The American media weren’t particularly impressed by Adams, although he certainly wasn’t singled out for criticism.

NBC Sports wrote: “6.5/10. Asked to play out of his strength in a one-man holding role, but also takes too many risks with the ball.” said: “6/10. A typical Tyler Adams performance.

“Ran all over the place, made several tackles and covered a lot of ground without another holding midfielder next to him.

“That said, it would have been nice to see a bit more ambition when on the ball.”

Sporting News added: “He was far too conservative as the ball moved through the middle, including his back pass in the 16th minute that led to a turnover to the Saudis.

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“In the 69th minute, there was an opposing pass struck directly toward Adams.

“Instead of using this to ignite a move, he gave the ball right back.”

Adams has already completed more passes than any other Leeds player this season (stats via FBRef).

However, five players have progressed the ball further with their passes with Adams, suggesting he plays it safe more often than not in possession.

He’s already been compared to Fernandinho, who wasn’t best known for his killer passing.

However, if he’s going to play on his own in midfield, Adams will have to improve on his poor passing from last night for the USA to stand a chance in Qatar.

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