Leeds’ start to the season got even better on Sunday as they hosted Chelsea at a raucous Elland Road, and came away from the game with a huge 3-0 win.
Jesse Marsch’s side brought intensity to the game that the Blues simply could not live with, and it all was perfectly summarised by the performance of Brenden Aaronson.
After a great start to life in West Yorkshire, this game brought the best out of him as Chelsea struggled to live with his speed, aggression, and trickery on the ball.
Here, we look at what two different pundits have been saying about the USMNT star…
Up first is former Leeds defender Matthew Kilgallon, who had huge praise for Aaronson for all aspects of his game against Chelsea.
There was so much to like about his performance, from aspects such as his sheer intensity, getting the crowd up for the game by not letting Chelsea breathe in possession, to his quality with the ball at his feet.
His goal sent Leeds on their way and put Elland Road into absolute pandemonium, as he chased down Edouard Mendy to force a big mistake, and tap into an empty net.
His relentless effort was a major part to Kalidou Koulibaly’s and Mendy’s afternoons to forget as the former was sent off, following two yellow cards in which the first was from a lovely turn from Aaronson.
Former Leeds man Kilgallon was full of praise for the American, as he said this to BBC Radio Leeds:
“Really impressed with him, everything, I don’t think he’s got a weakness.
“He works hard, he defends well, he gets back in position early, does everything right. He looks like a good lad out there, he wants to do as well as he can.
“And he’s come into the Premier League and absolutely just taken to it so easily. Gives everything, he runs around and gives it everything. But I think we need him on there for 90. I think he’s that good.”
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Aaronson’s influence on the game wowed a lot of pundits, including former Manchester United midfielder Owen Hargreaves.
It was the sort of aggression that you need if you want to beat a team of Chelsea’s quality, knowing that any time on the ball will be met with a punishment from their top players.
They never got the chance, though, and it was Aaronson setting that benchmark with the first goal.
Hargreaves had this to say on the Kelly & Wrighty Show:
“I really like him, he’s a fantastic young player and his work ethic is fantastic, too. High energy, high intensity. That’s what you want to do [to Chelsea], put them under pressure. Mendy was probably surprised by the speed of Aaronson.”