The RBL coach must be pinching himself that they got Adams for only $3m
“It was a brilliant assist,” Rangnick said. “The way he won the ball and then played it directly to Poulsen highlights why we wanted to get him in the winter.”
Adams, in particular, benefited from the small adjustments Rangnick made throughout the game. Modifications that are, however, not always easy to complete on the pitch in a tough Bundesliga battle. It highlighted Adams’ ability to quickly adjust to new situations in an extraordinary environment for the 19-year-old adjusting to a new country, culture and league.
“Perhaps that is because the philosophy at the New York Red Bulls and RB Leipzig are very similar,” Zirk said.
Said Rangnick: “Tyler Adams ‘only’ has to get used to life in Germany. On the pitch, he has to continue from where he left off in MLS. I can only confirm that, and have already said it after the last game, it feels like [Tyler Adams] has been with us for some time.”
“He is an excellent kid with an incredible mentality, which was registered from the very first day and was taken up with open arms,” Rangnick concluded.
His ability to quickly win over the media and fans, however, was another important aspect in his integration and highlights his positive mentality.
“From the very first day, it was clear that Tyler Adams would have success in Leipzig,” Zirk said. “But that isn’t just due to his talent but also comes from how he tackles things. Little mistakes don’t face him. Quite the opposite, he is willing to learn and improves his ability sometimes within one game. That is very impressive.”