Brenden Aaronson has told Leeds Live that he has been “frustrated” with his lack of numbers at Leeds United this season, with the United States international having a hand in just four goals in 30 Premier League appearances.
Aaronson, 22, was the first signing of the Jesse Marsch era last summer. Reuniting with the American boss at Elland Road, Aaronson has been good in glimpses – but he has scored only one goal for Leeds and that was in August.
He has certainly come close. Alongside his three assists, he had neat efforts at goal saved against Forest and then Palace recently. He hit the corner of the woodwork in the 6-1 loss to Liverpool. But it has not happened this season.
Bought for £25m, Aaronson has not repaid his transfer fee – but there is a belief among Leeds supporters that he will finally come good. His transitional play, work rate and technical ability is worth that. But he admits frustration.
“It’s been frustrating for me because I’d like to be scoring more. I’d like to be assisting more. I want to help the team as best I can. I put a lot of responsibility on my shoulders at times. It’s been tough for me,” Aaronson told Leeds Live.
Brenden Aaronson frustrated with lack of numbers at Leeds this season
Aaronson has been poor. His numbers have not reflected the hype that surrounded him at the start of the season – and his transfer fee. But, as stated, there is magic and plenty of glimpses that Aaronson could be a real Leeds star.
Javi Gracia’s faith in Aaronson is proof that the Leeds management clearly see a player in the American ace. But, it is likely to be a slow burner. You would expect that if Leeds go down or stay up, Aaronson will be here next season.