The USMNT internatioanl has moved to the Premier League in an exciting transfer which should signal the next stage in his career
Tyler Adams, the RB Leipzig midfielder and member of the United States Men’s National Team, has joined Leeds United of the English Premier League on a five-year deal. Leeds shelled out £17 million for the transfer, which can approach £23 million with add-ons.
The 23-year-old was brought in as a long-term replacement for midfielder Kalvin Phillips, who recently left to join Manchester City. Adams will reunite with former manager Jesse Marsch, who coached the US standout with the New York Red Bulls and Leipzig, and USMNT teammate Brenden Aaronson, who joined Leeds in May from Red Bull Salzburg.
In addition to Adams and Aaronson, Leeds United has made other key additions under Marsch this offseason, including right-back Rasmus Kristensen (Red Bull Salzburg) and midfielder Marc Roca (Bayern Munich).
After narrowly escaping relegation from the Premier League in the 2021/22 season, Leeds will look to Adams and the new crop of arrivals to help elevate the club into a new era after the loss of top stars Phillips and Raphinha.
Let’s look at how Tyler Adams will fit on the Leeds United roster and how the transfer impacts the betting future for the EPL squad and RB Leipzig for the upcoming season.
How Tyler Adams Fits With Leeds
As mentioned above, Adams will have an easier time adjusting to the Premier League than most first-timers due to his relationship with manager Jesse Marsch, who gave the midfielder his first opportunity with the New York Red Bulls at the age of 16.
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Adams would meet with Marsch, an assistant coach at the time, at RB Leipzig in the Bundesliga, where he would make over 100 appearances, including 14 in the UEFA Champions League.
Once Adams fell behind teammates Konrad Laimer, Kevin Kampl, and Amadou Haidara in playing time, Leipzig allowed him to leave the club in search of a more significant opportunity.
Marsch will likely insert Adams into the lineup in his natural position as a holding midfielder and a direct replacement for the departing Phillips. However, he has the versatility to play several positions on the pitch.
Adams’ strength does not lie in his ability to score goals but rather be the central cog in the strategic wheel on the pitch, moving the ball and creating opportunities for the players around him. In fact, in 2020, Leipzig manager Julien Nagelsmann described the dynamic midfielder as the “quarterback” due to his ability to act as a field general.
Leeds United and Marsch do not expect Adams to be Phillips. Each player possesses a different skill set. However, they expect big things from their new acquisition of him due to his youth and potential of him to improve the club using his speed and instincts of him.
Over the past year, Adams performed in the 82nd percentile in passes, 81st percentile in pressures and 98th percentile in blocks. The midfielder is a jack of all trades that will be vital to Leeds United’s strategy this season by facilitating the attack and tenacity on defence.
RB Leipzig after Tyler Adams Departure
RB Leipzig is fresh off a fourth-place finish in Bundesliga, with perennial powerhouse Bayern Munich taking down the Meisterschale for the tenth consecutive season. However, manager Domenico Tedesco did lead the team to their first trophy in club history when they claimed the DFB Cup by defeating SC Freiburg in May.
The loss of Adams will not impact the team’s overall success due to the midfielder’s diminished role last season. Leipzig also retained the services of Bundesliga Player Of The Season, Christopher Nkunku, extending his contract until 2026.
Overall the roster will remain essentially unchanged with little movement on the transfer front. Unfortunately, Leipzig will have their hands full with Bayern after the reigning champs signed superstar Sadio Mane away from Liverpool.
Leipzig continues to be in a solid position to contend for the Bundesliga title but seems destined, along with Borussia Dortmund, to finish another season as runner-up to Bayern Munich.
Tyler Adams Leeds Bets
Leeds United: Relegation From English Premier League (+200) at BetMGM
WAGER: 1 Unit
I listed both wagers above because of how thin the line currently is regarding Leeds’ immediate future.
The additions of two standouts from the USMNT may paint an exciting picture for the long-term direction of the club, but the transfers fall well short of replacing the value of Phillips and Raphinha this season.
If you are an optimist, take the +500 for a Leeds top-10 finish in the Premier League, which may not seem like a challenging goal to achieve. However, this would require a team that narrowly escaped relegation last season to outperform half of the teams in the EPL.
The wise choice is to bank on Leeds United being relegated from the Premier League at +200.
The most likely scenario is that the club finishes in 11th-17th place, directly between the two outcomes listed above. The situation at Elland Road may be one worth avoiding for the time being.
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RB Leipzig Bets Without Tyler Adams
RB Leipzig: Bundesliga League Winner without Bayern Munich (+350) at BetMGM
As mentioned above, RB Leipzig is again in a position to contend for the Bundesliga title. The +900 odds stand out as solid value for such a talented roster and +800 to repeat as the DFB Pokal Cup winner.
On the other hand, Bayern is a heavy favorite for a good reason and has reinforced their depth this offseason.
If searching for a more likely scenario for success, remove Bayern from the equation and bet on Leipzig as the Bundesliga winner without Bayern Munich.
This will tie your fortunes to a head-to-head showdown with Borussia Dortmund, which is still a difficult task, but one with a much higher chance of netting a profit.
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