As Leeds gear up for their sixth Championship game of the season tomorrow away to Millwall, there are plenty of loan players aiming to make a name for themselves elsewhere.
Loan exits were the main talking point of the summer window at Elland Road, as the club found themselves hamstrung by these exits in their attempts to rebuild for the 23/24 season.
Anyone who left the club in those circumstances are unlikely to be welcome back, but recent comments haven’t helped.
Here, we look at two players who have spoken out recently about their moves away…
Max Wöber’s loan exit came later than most in the summer, as he left the club a day after the final pre-season friendly, having previously made it clear that he would be willing to stay.
His mind obviously soon changed when an offer was made, and he has since commented on his decision, where he expresses his delight at not being in a relegation battle, like the one he contributed poorly to – as he spoke to Laola1:
“You can go back to the court, enjoy it and not think about what happens in terms of the table when you lose on the weekend.”
His thoughts aren’t on returning to Elland Road in 2024, though, as he continued:
“I’m in Gladbach for the year now, I’m totally focusing on it and will throw everything in. I don’t really want to worry about what it looks like in the summer.”
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Brenden Aaronson is another that failed upwards after leaving Leeds, securing a move to Champions League side Union Berlin after struggling massively in the Premier League.
His side have gone from strength to strength this season, though, with two wins from three in the Bundesliga and eight goals scored – but Aaronson was sent off in his second outing.
He spoke to Pioneer Press recently about his transition from Elland Road to his new home in the German top-flight:
“Yeah, great. I’ve really, really enjoyed being in Union Berlin so far. Of course, I got the red card in the second week, which was pretty annoying to get that because I had been starting and playing games. So that was pretty annoying.
“But, I mean, that’s how football goes. You know, I’m not going to not get one. I’ll probably get more red cards. I don’t want to. but it probably will happen throughout my career. (But) it was a great start and the club has really taken me (into) the family. and I’m really happy to be here.”
The question was asked to the USMNT man about whether he and his fellow countrymen struggle in the Premier League due to a harsher benchmark set due to their nationality, after doing poorly at Leeds with a handful of other compatriots, and Aaronson answered:
“No, I wouldn’t say it was a different standard. I don’t know how coaching was, but 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 really a high, and I think we played we’re playing really good football at the time.
“And then just 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, so it’s tough. I learned a lot and it only made me grow as a player because a lot of players go through stuff like this and it only gets better from there.”
Disclaimer: the ‘really good football’ in the first half of the season saw Leeds pick up just four wins before the Qatar World Cup, with Jesse Marsch on the brink.