As chronicled in this space, it’s been a tough weekend for Americans in the Bundesliga thus far. Tyler Adams changed that on Sunday.
The 19-year-old midfielder made his first start in just his second match since joining cash-flush German club RB Leipzig from New York Red Bulls earlier this month, and he impressed in a 4-0 rout away at Fortuna Dusseldorf.
Adams won the corner that led to the opening goal, a clean-up strike by Yussuf Paulsen in the second minute that set RB Leipzig off and running and indicated just how slipshod Dusseldorf’s performance would be on the day.
Ibrahima Konate scored the second goal just seven minutes later, and Adams played the first ball in the build-up to the third inside of 16 minutes:
Tyler Adams’ Bundesliga debut is going well… Leipzig went up 3-0 inside 16 minutes!!
Poulsen with his 2nd of the game after Adams got involved in the buildup! pic.twitter.com/YgpmkLDK2e
— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) January 27, 2019
Dusseldorf was already listless and dead to rights after that, and Konrad Laimer added the final goal in the 68th minute.
Adams was sound positionally and made runs into dangerous areas all evening. While there were expected moments of miscommunication with his new teammates, he never looked lost and offered the kind of performance that has United States national team fans salivating at his future potential in the middle of the park:
Stats from Tyler Adams’ RB Leipzig debut, via @WhoScored:
68 touches57 passes attempted80.7% pass accuracy3 tackles3 interceptions2 fouls received from opponent2 aerial duels won2 bad touches1 foul committed1 accurate long ball1 chance created1 time dispossessed
— Jonathan Tannenwald (@thegoalkeeper) January 27, 2019
He also played the full 90 minutes and showcased moments of flair:
The win pushed RB Leipzig into fourth in the Bundesliga, the final Champions League spot in the table. Adams was prized by the Red Bull soccer club hierarchy for his versatility and sensibilities beyond his years. He can play deeper and disrupt attacks as a defensive midfielder, and also get forward and help create chances.
Those traits should come in handy as RB Leipzig pushes to return to the Champions League, and maybe pushes for the Bundesliga title in coming seasons.
Joey Gulino is the editor of Yahoo Soccer and moonlights as a writer. Follow him on Twitter at @JGulinoYahoo.
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