Leeds United's best player, £50m question and how England can stop Kylian Mbappe - David Prutton

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Leeds United's representation at the World Cup is now over but I thought Tyler Adams was really impressive for the USA, on the pitch but off it too.

Before the Iran game he dealt with a robust line of questioning in a very classy and composed manner which was really impressive because you are on a hiding to nothing with those things. Everyone is looking for clickbait, everyone is looking for a reaction and Tyler was really, really good.

In the sense of performance wise, it feels like Tyler Adams is growing into a player that belongs at that level. I think he's everything that you want in a modern day midfielder and I think Leeds fans will be looking at him and counting their lucky stars that he's very much part of what they're doing going forward.

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Then there is Brenden Aaronson who is an exciting, younger player, even though Tyler Adams is a relatively young footballer himself. The other big tick in the box is that the three Leeds United players at the World Cup in Adams, Aaronson and Denmark's Rasmus Kristensen all appear to have come back fully fit. There are no niggles so that's great.

THREATS: Not just Kylian Mbappe, top, but also the likes of Olivier Giroud, bottom, as England face France in a World Cup quarter-final tonight. 
Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images.THREATS: Not just Kylian Mbappe, top, but also the likes of Olivier Giroud, bottom, as England face France in a World Cup quarter-final tonight. 
Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images.
THREATS: Not just Kylian Mbappe, top, but also the likes of Olivier Giroud, bottom, as England face France in a World Cup quarter-final tonight. Photo by KIRILL KUDRYAVTSEV/AFP via Getty Images.

When it comes to the future of Tyler Adams, football is very immediate. You could say that Tyler has only been at Leeds for a few months but if someone comes in and says 'here's 50 million quid for him' then you say 'oh crikey' and the ambition of the player has got to come into it.

Tyler does strike me as a very ambitious player and the young man that we are seeing now is a manifestation of the kid that I saw barking orders at senior players for New York Red Bulls. His career has gone in that type of trajectory.

The way that he holds himself as captain of his country and in press conferences and on the pitch is something that Leeds fans should be very proud of to be able to call him their own. Given the size of Leeds or the relative size of Leeds right now back in the Premier League, I can bracket them in with most clubs under those at the very top of the tree, your Manchester Citys, Liverpools and Manchester Uniteds et cetera.

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But the rest are all fair game and open season and if the price is right then every player has got a price. If ridiculous bids go in then it's something that Leeds would have to actively really contemplate but Tyler strikes me as a lad that is very happy both internationally and domestically.

Is he now Leeds United's best player? I'd say so. We saw Raphinha come bursting onto the scene and then Kalvin Phillips worked his way into that level of importance and I think there is a little bit of both with what Tyler has done. He wasn't an unknown player by any stretch of the imagination before coming to Leeds but he wasn't tested in England.

This has been a tricky opening portion of the Premier League season at times but Tyler has acquitted himself and he's not looked out of place. He's got the energy, the engine, the tenacity and also the ball skills of a very modern day midfielder be it one that can bomb forward or one that can hold and anchor the midfield. He's got a bit of everything.

Classically, ten or 15 years ago, you would have put him in the bracket of a box to box midfielder but we like to be a bit more finite in our description of players these days and he can do most things across and up and down a midfield. I don't think it's too beyond the realms of acceptability to call him one of, if not the most important Leeds United player.

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Leeds United's World Cup is obviously over but tonight is all about England's quarter final against France who have shown that they have got strength in depth as well. They have got genuinely world class players and they are going to pose significant problems to England.

England have ridden out tricky periods in some of their games so far and then been ruthless when the chances have been created. There have been breakout performances and Jude Bellingham has been wonderful. As a cohesive unit, they have looked relatively solid, the odd chances for the likes of Senegal notwithstanding.

But I think most teams have shown a hint of fragility across the tournament so far and hopefully England get France on a day like that rather than the very efficient, ruthlessly clinical team that we've seen at times during the tournament.

It's quite obviously a tough draw for England given the way that the tournament could pan out. But if you have got aspirations of going deep into a tournament then at some stage you are going to have to beat a really good team which is what France are.

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There is clearly the question of how to deal with Kylian Mbappe and there is always that old adage of trying to double up on him which is a very old fashioned way of thinking about it. Or kick him?! But France have got players that can harm you in other instances if he is occupied.

Mbappe is an immensely talented young footballer who has become increasingly more robust, tough to play against, physically strong, mentally strong and capable of so much. How do you stop him? You devote time and attention to him but you've got to realise that in knockout football somebody has got to win and it's got to be England from our point of view. You have got to take your time in dealing with that particular threat but on the flip side you've got to make sure that as and when your chances are created that you are clinical and take them.