Tyler Adams’ Future Transfer to Leipzig Becomes Clearer

Tyler Adams has always seemed destined for Europe. But will he stay within the Red Bull organization? Newly appointed RB Leipzig assistant coach Jesse Marsch dropped a hint that Adams will indeed.

Tyler Adams’ Future Transfer to Leipzig Becomes Clearer

Speaking to the German press after Leipzig’s training on Tuesday, Marsch said that “Leipzig would be happy to have [Adams] … His future is in Europe.”

It wouldn’t be a shock to New York Red Bulls fans to see Adams make the jump at the end of the 2018 season, but is Leipzig the right place for Adams? And would it be the right time for Adams to make the move to Europe?

Americans have traditionally had success in the Bundesliga, with current American internationals Christian Pulisic, Weston McKennie, and Josh Sargent all plying their trade in Germany. Adams would also benefit from the familiarity that Marsch would provide him given their time together in New York.

Leipzig also has a policy of heavily investing in players 23 years old or younger. Adams would have the opportunity of learning from players who were in his situation before, such as Emil Forsberg and Yussuf Poulsen. They and the rest of their teammates had to adapt to the higher level of soccer that the Bundesliga offers.

Leipzig is one of many destinations for Adams to go to in Europe that would help nurture his development. Adams would also have opportunities to feature in international competitions, as Leipzig has qualified for next season’s Europa League. Since manager Ralf Rangnick will have to rotate his squad, Adams should get at least some playing time with his new team.

There is also the question of when Adams should leave New York. Some reports have said that Adams would leave Major League Soccer at the end of New York’s season and join Leipzig in January. This may force Adams to quickly adapt to his new environment and club. However, Marsch’s presence at Leipzig should ease the transition for the teenager.

New York’s new head coach Chris Armas has stated that Adams will be remaining with the teams through the end of the calendar year, but declined to say what would happen afterwards. “Tyler is with us here. He’ll be with us for this year … He’s in the plans,” said Armas on Wednesday after New York’s training session.

Whatever the future may hold for Adams, he will be heading to Europe to further his career. It’s just a matter of when and where exactly he will be moving.

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