Brenden Aaronson was one of eight members of last season’s first team squad to leave Leeds United on loan in the summer.
Aaronson was among the first out of the exit door after Leeds’ relegation to the Championship as he took advantage of a loan clause in his contract to join Union Berlin for the season.
Since his departure, Aaronson has remained quiet across social media and in the press regarding his time at Leeds, but has spoken in depth for the first time during the first international break of the season.
Aaronson was one of Leeds’ marquee arrivals of the summer in 2022, joining from Red Bull Salzburg in a huge £25 million deal, but after a promising first month or two, it all began to fall away from then on.
In an interview with Pioneer Press, Aaronson has acknowledged how difficult he found the second half of the season at Leeds, citing behind-the-scenes issues that people don’t see.
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He said: “As a player, it was good. I enjoyed my time, I learned a lot. It was definitely ups and downs. The first half of the year was a real high. I think we played really good football at the time. The second part of the year, stuff happens. It was tough. A lot of things going on with the club, people that aren’t seeing things, it’s tough. I learned a lot. Lots go through stuff like this and it only gets better.”
Aaronson unlikely to find way back at Leeds
With regard to these comments and how bitter his time at Leeds ended, it is almost impossible to see a way back for Aaronson at Elland Road.
Clearly Aaronson struggled to cope with the pressure of playing for a club like Leeds, particularly in a relegation battle, as he often seemed to relent under the animosity of the crowd that were hostile towards him by the end of the campaign.
If he was to come back, that sort of fan criticism is only likely to be increased as each player who was involved in relegation that then departed on loan has left a bitter taste in the mouth of many supporters.
If Leeds are to get promoted, it would be beneficial if a completely new page was turned and ultimately, that would mean none of the eight loanees returning to the club.
The best Leeds can hope for is Aaronson to enjoy a positive season at Union Berlin to restore his value so that he can be sold for close to what was paid for him back in 2022.