Alan Shearer told Amazon Prime that how impressed he was with the way Brenden Aaronson glides past players during the first-half of Leeds United’s defeat to Leicester on Thursday.
Leeds are struggling to find many positives from an utterly miserable night at the King Power Stadium. Jesse Marsch’s men were shambolic during the first-half. And they were punished by going 2-0 down to the side bottom of the Premier League table.
Luis Sinisterra hit the bar. But ultimately, Leeds rarely looked like getting back into the game. And there are now real questions to be asked about whether Marsch is the right man to take the side forward.
One player who did look bright at times was Aaronson. The American had a crucial role with Crysencio Summerville coming in alongside him for a full Premier League debut.
But he caused Leicester plenty of problems. And there was one moment where he managed to dance away from challenges outside his own box. That led to an opportunity for Summerville down the other end of the pitch, though the winger was ultimately offside.
And Shearer was full of praise for Aaronson.
“Very, very good play again from Aaronson,” he told Amazon Prime. “The way he glides past players. When you’ve got a player like that who can drag your team 15 or 20 yards up the pitch like that.
“Aaronson, so enthusiastic with that ball, isn’t he. So passionate at taking care of that ball, the way he glides with it. It looks very easy for him to go past players with his body shape.”
Of course, it summed up Leeds’ evening that they were 2-0 down moments later. But Aaronson probably was one of the only players who could his head up high.
He was not quite as influential after the break. Marsch took Marc Roca off for Rodrigo. And with that, the 21-year-old played in a much deeper role. That did not suit him. And Leeds lost a lot.
Aaronson had had a quieter time in the weeks before this recent run. But he has stepped up again more recently.
Leeds do appear to have an exceptional talent in their ranks. But admittedly, it is hard to get too excited about that right now.