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Brenden Aaronson was Leeds’ true villain on Friday night

Leeds United fell to a disappointing defeat last night, as their trip to Aston Villa was met with little success.

The Whites were on the wrong end of a 2-1 result despite dominating for large portions, but in the end that counts for nothing. It maintains their winless run since domestic football restarted at Christmas and has squandered the game in hand that they had on most of the Premier League.

They now remain just two points clear of the relegation zone, with Nottingham Forest and AFC Bournemouth breathing down their necks.

Although Leeds surrendered 54% of the ball to the hosts, they still had more shots and corners, and actually created five big chances, scoring just one. For comparison, Villa scored twice from just two big chances.

This wasteful nature at the top end of the pitch would often be attributed to the striker, but it could be argued that it was the line of offence behind Rodrigo which truly disappointed.

Although Pascal Struijk may stand out for having a particularly poor game, again shown up for his lack of experience at left-back and being pinpointed for scathing reviews in local media’s player ratings, he cannot be blamed in the same way for his performance that Brenden Aaronson can.

The 22-year-old was handed the joint-worst Sofascore rating of anyone on the pitch (5.9), justifiably receiving it as he was dragged off after 77 minutes.

During his time in action, he only touched the ball 39 times and completed a miserable 19 passes. His one key pass flatters his creatively lacking performance, which was shown up even more when his replacement Joe Gelhardt got the assist for their consolation goal. The youngster offered more than his American counterpart in just 13 minutes on the field.

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Aaronson’s toothless attacking display was further highlighted in his two failed dribble attempts.

When a forward disappoints, he can somewhat make up for it with a workmanlike effort to keep fans onside. However, the USA international could not even manage that.

Competing in 14 ground duels, he won just four, losing 71.5% throughout the match. This was supplemented by the fact he was dribbled past once and lost possession a further 12 times (via Sofascore). Wasteful until his withdrawal, with this final statistic it is shown that the 22-year-old lost the ball nearly as often as he completed a pass.

He was Jesse Marsch‘s true villain last night in the attacking third, and his manager will surely be thinking about dropping the midfielder after such an insipid performance.