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Leeds: Victor Orta hit the jackpot on Brenden Aaronson

Despite losing the services of key duo Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha, Leeds United enjoyed a largely successful summer transfer window, with the Whites’ director of football Victor Orta adding no less than nine fresh faces to Jesse Marsch’s squad.

One of these summer additions was the £25m signing of Red Bull Salzburg forward Brenden Aaronson, the 21-year-old who had been lighting it up for the Austrian side ever since his £11.43m January 2021 move from Philadelphia Union.

Indeed, over his 66 appearances for Salzburg, the USA international scored an eye-catching 13 goals and registered 15 assists – averaging a direct goal involvement every 170 minutes for the Austrian Bundesliga side.

And, despite having only made the move to Elland Road a mere 12 weeks ago, the £30.7m-rated talent has already started to show glimpses of his undoubted ability for Marsch’s side.

Indeed, the attacking midfielder has started all six of the Whites’ Premier League fixtures thus far in 2022/23, having already scored one goal – coming as a direct result of his relentless pressing against Chelsea – providing one assist – teeing up Luis Sinisterra for the equaliser against Everton – and creating one big chance for his side.

The player who Red Bull Salzburg Sporting Director, Christoph Freund, dubbed “extraordinary” has also taken an average of 1.2 shots – 0.5 of which have hit the target – made an impressive 1.5 key passes – the second-most in the Leeds squad – and completed 1.8 dribbles – at a success rate of 100% – per league game so far this season.

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Furthermore, the 21-year-old’s suitability for Marsch’s high-pressing system at Elland Road is clear for all to see, with FBref ranking the American in the top 2% of attacking midfielders and wingers in Europe’s big five leagues and European competitions for pressures per 90 over the past 365 days.

As such, considering his remarkable returns thus far for the Whites, coupled with the fact the attacker currently has a market valuation that is already 23% greater than the fee Leeds paid Salzburg for his services around three months ago, it is evident that Orta very much hit the jackpot when landing Aaronson.

Indeed, not only does the 21-cap international look to possess the potential to become an extremely influential player for Marsch over the coming years, but he could also be an incredibly sellable asset for the Whites further down the line.