Brenden Aaronson says he has his sights set on becoming a “legend” at Leeds United in an interview with the MLS – and while it would be great if he could turn into a club icon, his comments will also delight the Leeds hierarchy.
Aaronson, 21, has made a superb start. His energy-filled performances have won the hearts of us Leeds fans already. His goal against Chelsea – and arguably, Wolves – as well as his assist at Everton shows he can get the numbers, too.
But Leeds fans will be worried that the club is falling into a precipice alongside certain other Premier League clubs. Teams that are not quite good enough for Europe, and to progress, have to cash in on their best players.
Leicester, Palace, Southampton, Brighton and more. The exits of Kalvin Phillips and Raphinha might prove as much, last summer. But Aaronson’s comments suggest different. He seems ready to commit to Leeds, to help turn the tide.
Aaronson said: “I’m really grateful to be at Leeds. Everybody can see that I’m willing to work 110% and give everything. I just want to keep getting better and become the best way I can be. Hopefully be a legend for the club at some point.”
Aaronson ‘legend’ comments will delight Leeds hierarchy
For a number of reasons. Firstly, if he is to stick with Leeds for more than the couple of years Raphinha did, then it saves Leeds a whole heap of cash in needing to replace him. Leeds spent £26million to bring in Luis Sinisterra.
Secondly, it shows that the Leeds hierarchy’s work in trying to turn the club into a European powerhouse again is not going unnoticed by the players. Players want to come to Leeds because of the club, not because it is a stepping stone.
Finally, Aaronson’s comments could also attract others. If a player of his potential, of his future ability wants to see out a long stint of his career at Leeds, it is a statement to other players that Leeds man business – and will grow.