Neil Redfearn has told BBC Radio Leeds that Brenden Aaronson will feel that he let Jesse Marsch down with his mistake during Leeds United’s draw with West Ham on Wednesday night, as he looked flat after the error.
Leeds played out a dramatic 2-2 draw with the Hammers at Elland Road. Thankfully for Marsch’s men, Rodrigo was able to score a superb equaliser after the visitors had completely turned the game around over half-time.
West Ham’s second goal came right after the restart, with Aaronson playing the ball straight to Gianluca Scamacca inside his own half. Scamacca did brilliantly to beat Illan Meslier. But there is absolutely no question that it was an awful mistake from Aaronson.
Aaronson endures tough evening in Leeds draw
Unsurprisingly, the USMNT international was one of those to come off when Marsch made the first changes just after the hour-mark.
Redfearn actually suggested that Aaronson was impressive before the break. But everything changed after the misplaced pass.
“I thought he played quite well first-half, Aaronson,” he told BBC Radio Leeds. “I thought the mistake deflated him. And they took him off after that, and you could see it flattened him.
“He’s one of the manager’s signings. And he’s probably feeling that for Jesse, he’s probably thinking he’s let his manager down. His game went flat after the mistake.”
The worry is that Aaronson has been well short of his best for some time. He started the season brilliantly. He should have been credited with the winner against Wolves on the opening day. And he set the tone for the amazing victory against Chelsea.
But he has not scored since August. And he has only provided two assists in the Premier League. He has also struggled with the physicality of the top-flight at times.
He is still young so it is hard to be too critical. And he clearly has the talent to be an absolute sensation at the highest level.
But he is going through a really difficult spell. And with that, Marsch will be wondering whether he needs to take Aaronson out of the firing line for now.