View: Brenden Aaronson will be integral for Leeds United this season
Leeds United midfielder Brenden Aaronson will be integral to Jesse Marsch this season and the US youngster will take the Premier League by storm.
Aaronson, who signed for the Whites in May from RB Salzburg, has had a bright start to life in Yorkshire with a very promising performance in the club’s preseason demolishing of Cagilari.
However, this is just the tip of the iceberg for the 21-year-old, who if he stays fit, can become a mightily important player for the Whites.
The Athletic’s Phil Hay said on the American: “Brenden Aaronson really caught the eye in Leeds’ last friendly against Cagliari.
“His role, in the pocket behind the centre-forward, will be vital in creating chances and making Leeds productive in a system that incorporates almost three “No 10s”.
“Aaronson looks good on the ball and has an impressive turn of pace.
“If he shines, the team probably will, too.”
Big Season for Aaronson
The 21-year-old, who came through the youth ranks at Philidelphia Union in America, signed for a reported fee of £24m after two seasons at the Austrian champions.
In Austria, Aaronson established himself as a creative and goal-scoring midfielder, scoring 13 goals and providing 15 assists in 66 games for Die Rotten Bullen.
An attacking midfielder who is also capable of playing out wide as shown by his performance against Cagilari, he is also a fully-fledged international player, making 21 appearances for the US national team, scoring six goals during that time.
Marsch, like his predecessor Marcelo Bielsa, is a fan of attacking football, and his newest recruit will be a big part of that attack.
Against Cagliari, the midfielder spent the majority of the match, dropping into dangerous pockets of space and causing havoc for the Italian defence.
he showcased his electric pace, relentless pressing ability, and creativity as he always had his head up looking for a pinpoint pass.
A player like this is not only exciting for Leeds fans but also Leeds players, as shown by Patrick Bamford who was a great beneficiary of the American’s movement and playmaking, scoring a brace on the day.
If he can continue this sort of form and take this type of performance into the new season, he will certainly be on to watch.
In other Leeds news, the club have signed Sonny Perkins from West Ham.