Tyler Adams could now be set to stay at Leeds United after the £20 million release clause triggered by Chelsea last week expired, according to The Athletic’s Phil Hay.
The American international, who impressed during his first season at Elland Road, was set for a move to West London only for Chelsea to pull out of the deal in favour of signing Moises Caicedo from Brighton and Romeo Lavia from Southampton.
It then looked like Adams would be headed for the south coast when Bournemouth seemingly triggered the relegation release clause again, but Hay revealed on his Twitter that the move does not seem to have developed.
It comes as Adams took part in training at Thorp Arch as he continues to work towards making a return from the hamstring injury that saw him miss the end of last season, a period in which Leeds’ form collapsed and they were subsequently relegated.
“Without him saying as much categorically, Farke gave a pretty strong hint there that release clauses have now expired. Tyler Adams has been at Thorp Arch today. Bournemouth interest doesn’t seem to have developed,” Hay tweeted.
Without him saying as much categorically, Farke gave a pretty strong hint there that release clauses have now expired.
Tyler Adams has been at Thorp Arch today. Bournemouth interest doesn’t seem to have developed. #lufc
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) August 16, 2023
Though the former RB Leipzig midfielder was seemingly keen to join Chelsea, a historical rival of Leeds, it’s likely that Adams potential stay in West Yorkshire will be welcomed by the club’s fans.
It’s worth saying that nothing is confirmed at this stage though given Willy Gnonto’s refusal to play in a bid to force a move away from the club, something Adams could try do if another top-flight club comes in with an offer.
But given the USA captain’s willingness to take part in training, it appears he is willing to fight for the club in the Championship this season – something both Gnonto and Luis Sinisterra have stopped short of doing.
Build a team around him!
Adams became a massive fans’ favourite last season and if he is still with is in two weeks’ time when the transfer window shuts then we should be extremely happy with that – no matter what’s gone before.
The 24-year-old has everything needed to be a standout player in the Championship, with speed, physicality and fight all key components of his game and attributes that Leeds currently lack – as shown in the first two league games of the season.
Not to mention too that manager Daniel Farke is short of numbers in this area, and if Adams stays fit then he could help the club get this season back on track with his engine in midfield alongside Archie Gray and Ethan Ampadu.
The dream scenario is that Adams stays and helps lead the club to a promotion charge and potential Premier League status next season, if he can do that then he could be a future captain of this club – but let’s get to September 1st before we say anymore on this!