Tyler Adams: 'I have to be patient'

Less than a month after arriving in Germany, Tyler Adams made his Bundesliga debut for RB Leipzig, starting in midfield in its 4-0 victory win at Fortuna Duesseldorf.

An ankle injury to Kevin Kampl thrust Adams into a starting role, but head coach Ralf Rangnick may have a hard time keeping the American teenager out of the lineup for the next Bundesliga game Friday at Hannover 96.

Adams stamped his mark on the game in the first half as Leipzig jumped out to a 3-0 lead.

"Tyler had a great game," said Dane Yussuf Poulsen, who scored twice in the first 17 minutes. "He won more or less every challenge in the first half. For such a young player playing his first game in a new team and a new league, he was very good."

Adams, 19, is the third American under the age of 21 to debut in the Bundesliga this season after Schalke 04's Haji Wright, 20, and Werder Bremen's Josh Sargent, 18.

"For me to take it all in, digest it and be patient is the key for me," Adams told Bundesliga.com after the game. "I'm not going to play in 10 games in a row all the time. I have to be patient, wait for my time, work hard and get better every day."

Americans in Bundesliga (2018-19):
1620 John Brooks (26), Wolfsburg (1 goal, 1 assist)
1097 Alfredo Morales (28), Fort. Duesseldorf (1 goal, 1 assist)
974 Bobby Wood (26), Hannover 96 (3 goals, 1 assist)
868 Weston McKennie (20), Schalke 04 (1 goal, 1 assist)
543 Fabian Johnson (31), Bor. M'Gladbach (1 goal)
497 Christian Pulisic (20), Bor. Dortmund (1 goal, 2 assists)
173 Haji Wright (20), Schalke 04 (1 goal)
90 Tyler Adams (19), RB Leipzig
76 Josh Sargent (18), Werder Bremen (2 goals)
Note: Maximum: 1710 minutes.
1 comment about "Tyler Adams: 'I have to be patient'".
  1. R2 Dad, January 28, 2019 at 3:18 p.m.

    I thought he played well for his first match--fit in well with the RBL attacking mentality. Interesting comparison as he was up against Morales and mostly got the better of him throughout the game. Well done, TA!

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