Of the members of Leeds United's U.S. men's national team triumvirate, Tyler Adams looked the most likely to land on his feet. The midfielder's injury absence was arguably one of the biggest reasons the club was relegated, after all. Surely some club would see how important Adams was to Leeds and act on it, right?
Well, as the summer wore on, it looked like Adams was the most likely to remain at Leeds. Both Brendan Aaronson and Weston McKennie have since fallen upwards, with Aaronson landing at Champions League-bound Union Berlin and McKennie finding his place back at Juventus. Adams, meanwhile, headed towards the season as a member of Leeds squad.
That is, until now. Adams has completed his move, signing with Chelsea after the Blues activated his £20 million ($25.53m) release clause. A player that has long been compared to N'Golo Kante is now replacing the genuine article.
It's an exciting move for Adams, who has certainly earned his chance to play for a club of this size. He excelled for club and country last season, with his World Cup performance showing exactly why he was named the USMNT captain. This move gives him a chance to move up the ladder and play for a team that certainly isn't as much of a disaster as Leeds was last season.
Chelsea haven't exactly been in the best state themselves, though. In fact, in recent years, they've been quite messy. Indeed, that mess ultimately led to Adams' longtime friend, Christian Pulisic, leaving the club as a combination of inconsistency, dysfunction, new signings and untimely injuries made his Chelsea career one big ball of frustration.
Will things be different for Adams? That's the big question, isn't it. But, as he prepares for his big move to Stamford Bridge, he does seem to be a more necessary player for Chelsea than Pulisic ever was.