'Best I have seen': Marsch says one Leeds player has utterly shocked him in pre-season
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'Best I have seen': Marsch says one Leeds player has utterly shocked him in pre-season

Leeds United manager Jesse Marsch has lauded Elland Road newcomer Brenden Aaronson ahead of their Premier League opener.

After months of speculation, the Whites wrapped up the signing of the United States international back in May.

Leeds reportedly paid Red Bull Salzburg £24.7m for Aaronson, who has been superb in pre-season for Marsch’s side.

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The 21-year-old provided three assists for his teammates in their last friendly, a 6-2 win over Italy’s Cagliari.

Aaronson has shown plenty of key qualities in pre-season.

He’s fast, has an eye for a pass, wants to get on the ball as much as possible, is great in the press, and is happy to drop deep to help win back possession.

“Going to get better”

And Marsch, speaking ahead of Saturday’s meeting with Wolves at Elland Road, also lauded Aaronson’s work ethic and adaptability.

The Leeds boss also tipped the youngster to become even better than he already is.

“He could play false nine or half-nine too,” Leeds Live quotes Marsch as saying.

“Brenden’s work ethic is different to any player I’ve known. Ability to adapt is best I have seen.

“League demands the best from people, will demand the best from him. Will have to manage situations.

“(He) knows how to challenge in behind, good in tight spaces and good around the goal. Going to get better.”

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“A different dynamic”

Pundit Tony Cascarino believes Aaronson is the “biggest” signing Marsch has made from his former clubs this summer.

He wrote in The Times: “The Leeds manager Jesse Marsch has made three signings from former clubs of his and the arrival of the 21-year-old Aaronson is the biggest.

“For a while I have felt Leeds have lacked a proper attacking midfielder so the American should fill the gap.

“His presence will give Leeds a different dynamic.

“They have had plenty of players occupy that position but those have tended to be defensive midfielders or wingers by trade.”

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