The players who could lose if Brenden Aaronson joins Leeds United

Victor Orta and Leeds United have acted quickly in the transfer market after securing their safety in the Premier League last Sunday. He has done so by confirming Brenden Aaronson as his first signing of the summer.

Having played with Jesse Marsch at RB Salzburg, the American is the perfect tactical fit for the way the Leeds manager would like to run the team. He is comfortable playing to the right of the two behind the forwards in the 4-2-2-2 formation that Marsch initially used after taking the job, as well as playing number ten in a 4-4-2 diamond. and a 4-2-3-1.

Leeds have made a significant financial outlay on their latest signing and that reason, coupled with their previous experience playing Marsch, makes it very likely that they will slot straight into Leeds’ starting XI. Of course, that means one of Leeds’ current regulars will have to miss out. It’s fair to say that Leeds’ first XI made very few starts in 21/22 due to so many injuries, but here are the players who may find themselves the most on the sidelines, now that Aaronson has joined the club.

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The first player in danger of becoming peripheral is leedsRecord signing, Rodrigo. The Spaniard had a hot run in which Leeds put together their best run of the season in the early days of Marsch’s spell at the club, as he scored three goals in four games and the Whites picked up a vital ten points. However, his form faltered once again and he was the subject of much criticism from fans for some lackluster performances.

aaronson he fits much more naturally into a high-pressure style than Rodrigo and that part of the game is absolutely essential under Leeds. The American will not be as good a creator as his passing ability is not on the same level as Rodrigo, but he will fit in better than the Spanish striker as a ‘narrow winger’ in the 4-2-2-2 or behind. a lone striker like Rodrigo has recently played, at least in Marsch’s style of football.

Another player who could be under threat is Daniel James. Leeds paid £25m to sign the Welsh international from Manchester United last summer, with the idea that he would compete with Jack Harrison for the left-back job, but James spent most of the season playing out of position as striker, due to an injury to Patrick Bamford. Leeds are sure to sign another striker this summer, which means Leeds should have the options of a fit Bamford again, a new signing and Joe Gelhardt. That should mean James’s only real option to play in Marsch’s system is as one of the ‘narrow ends’ on occasions when Leeds line up in a 4-2-2-2.

The problem that James has there is that Jack Harrison has adapted very well to that position. Indeed, the former Manchester City man has been one of Leeds’ best players since the manager change and finished the season as Leeds’ second-highest goalscorer. Harrison is said to be attracting interest from other Premier League clubs, but Leeds are unlikely to want to sell the 25-year-old given Raphinha is very likely to leave. Assuming Harrison stays, he and Aaronson would likely be the two players playing behind a front consisting of two of Bamford, Gelhardt and whoever Leeds manage to sign at that position. That makes it more likely that James will become a bench option.

Considering Leeds are likely to sign more attacking players, it could even be the case that Rodrigo moves on. Since James joined last season, it’s very likely he’ll stay and will likely get a number of minutes as a rotation or replacement option. However, Aaronson is surely at Elland Road to play regularly. Someone has to get lost and those two seem the most likely.

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