Leeds United have certainly struck gold with one of their signings this summer as he’s already become an Elland Road favourite.
The west Yorkshire giants have had a pretty decent start to the 2022/23 campaign, sitting in ninth place with two wins and two draws from six matches.
It’s a stark contrast from the relegation battle that manager Jesse Marsch inherited earlier in the year.
And one of his marquee additions has been central to it all – Brenden Aaronson.
Speaking about the American dynamo’s arrival at Leeds to GIVEMESPORT this week, Sky Sports reporter Tim Thornton waxed lyrical. He said:
“Aaronson has got so much energy, he’s all over the pitch.
“Obviously, he got the goal against Chelsea as well. He’s been fantastic, and I think the fans have really warmed to him immediately.”
The 21-year-old attacking midfielder is currently Marsch’s seventh-best performer per WhoScored ratings, having only notched one goal and one assist, but that doesn’t paint the full picture as he’s been one of the standout stars of the opening month.
Indeed, in defending from the front, he’s averaging 20.2 pressures and 1.79 tackles per 90, via FBref, which sees him rank amongst the top options in the squad.
Meanwhile, further up the pitch, only Luis Sinisterra and Jack Harrison are averaging more goal-creating actions and successful dribbles per 90, making him one of the more lethal threats in the team, also per FBref.
Aaronson’s ‘Man of the Match’ display against Wolves on the opening day saw ESPN pundit Steve Nichol sing his praises, too.
“I think the most impressive thing about Aaronson was that he was all over the park, and he was closing the ball, and he was winning it and he was giving it,” he said in quotes sourced by LeedsLive.
“You’re talking about almost a complete performance, because obviously scoring would have been the cherry on the top.”
His outing against Chelsea drew similar thoughts from those in the media – ranging from journalist Yaw Ampofo Jr describing him as the “ultimate pressing machine” to The Athletic’s Adam Crafton claiming that he was “completely relentless” in his running.
For just £25m, the USMNT international is already looking to be worth every penny at Elland Road and as such, director of football Victor Orta has struck gold in his decision to bring him to the club this summer.