Leeds United are expected to “go back for” RB Salzburg starlet Brenden Aaronson in the summer transfer window, according to journalist Phil Hay.
Reports back in the January transfer window had suggested that Jesse Marsch’ side had a bid rejected for the USA international, but it appears their interest has not gone away ahead of the summer.
And, in responding to a question from a fan about whether Leeds should potentially pursue Southampton’s James Ward-Prowse instead of the Salzburg man, Hay said: “JWP is a cracking player. I always assumed that he’d be a target for someone further up the league (and maybe he will be in this next window). I’d take him for sure but I do expect Leeds to go back for Aaronson.”
Having seemingly missed out on him in January, Aaronson’s name is once again the main topic of conversation when it comes to potential incomings at Elland Road.
And, when you look at some of the rave reviews he has earned – both for his on-pitch ability and off-the-pitch nature – it’s clear to see why Leeds have felt both under Marsch, and predecessor, Marcelo Bielsa, that Aaronson would be a good fit for the club.
Indeed, his former head coach at Philadelphia Union, John Curtin, waxed lyrical about the kind of personality he has, even revealing a little tidbit about the way current Leeds boss Marsch took to him at Salzburg.
He said: “He looks like he should be in a boy band rather than a Champions League game. But when he steps on the field and the whistle blows, he’s ruthless, man. He is a killer and he’s relentless. It’s important too, his teammates freaking love him. I can’t stress that enough. There’s so many great young talents that know they’re great, and maybe don’t fit in in the locker room.
“But the kid is a sweetheart. Instantly, Jesse was like, ‘The whole team has fallen in love with Brenden. They root for him like he’s a mascot, almost.’ And now he’s like one of their best players. He just has such a good way about him.”
Furthermore, the £18m-rated star has also drawn praise from Arsenal legend Thierry Henry, who watched him first-hand during his time in the MLS, and saw him deliver a fine performance against Bayern Munich in the Champions League recently.
The Frenchman said: “I came across him when I was a coach with Montreal, and he killed us with Philadelphia Union. His activity, the way he sees the game. I’ve always been a big fan of him and I’m not surprised to see what he’s doing right now with Salzburg.
“He’s contagious. The way he plays, his energy. His intensity is second to none. He supports the team. He’s a good player. I always thought he was going to be a player. He’s still learning.”
Hay’s update on Leeds going back in for the midfielder is sure to have fans buzzing.