In a recent Q&A for The Athletic, Phil Hay revealed that, should Leeds United go on to secure their place as a Premier League side in 2022/23, Victor Otra will once again make a move for RB Salzburg’s Brenden Aaronson in the summer transfer window – with the journalist adding that the Whites have a good chance of getting this deal over the line.
In response to a fan asking for an update on Jesse Marsch’s potential summer transfer targets, Hay said: “If Leeds stay up, they’ll try again to sign Brenden Aaronson from Salzburg. There’s a good chance of that happening.”
And, it is not difficult to see why Orta would be interested in a move for the 21-year-old attacking midfielder – for whom he saw a £20m bid rejected in the January window – this summer, as the USA international would appear to be something of a perfect fit for Marsch’s tactical setup.
Indeed, the £18m-rated talent covers a great deal of ground in fixtures, with Hay stating in a report back in February that Aaronson will travel an average of 10.7km over the course of a typical 90 minutes – something that sees the youngster rank amongst the highest distances covered by Premier League players this season.
The £19k-per-week dynamo is also an extremely active and efficient presser, with his average of 27.23 pressures per 90 seeing him rank in the top 1% of attacking midfielders and wingers in Europe’s big five leagues over the last 365 days.
Furthermore, the player who Matthias Jaissle dubbed a “monster” is also impressive in the final third, scoring four goals, registering four assists and creating seven big chances over his 23 Austrian Bundesliga appearances this season.
As such, with it being said that Orta has identified clear shades of Mateusz Klich in the American, and with the 31-year-old Leeds midfielder looking as if he could be “on his way out” – in the words of Mirror journalist David Anderson – of Elland Road this summer, the 21-year-old would appear something of a perfect replacement for the £34k-per-week Poland international.
Indeed, the player who Joe Wainman dubbed “lacklustre” has been exactly this over his 29 Premier League appearances this season, averaging an extremely disappointing SofaScore match rating of 6.69 – ranking him as the Whites’ ninth-worst performer in the top flight.
So, when taking all of the above into account, it would indeed appear a very wise move for Orta to move the £3.6m-rated Klich on to pastures new at the end of the current campaign, before reinvesting the funds received from his sale – as well as his substantial weekly wage – into a £30m move for Aaronson this summer.