Brenden Aaronson was the star of the show as Leeds came from behind to beat Wolves 2-1.
Jesse Marsch’s first full season in charge has gotten off to a good start with the win, although it started off in a way way as Pedro Neto gave Wolves a very early lead.
But Marsch’s men never stopped pressing and working, and this ultimately led to their success, mostly through their new American international Brenden Aaronson.
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The 21 year-old American from Medford, New Jersey was a pressing fiend for Jesse Marsch’s men at Elland Road and it was his high octane approach that led to Leeds’ equaliser.
Well, with an assist from José Sa in the Wolves goal. 24 minutes into the game, a through-ball to Aaronson falls short but rather than give up the American bites back at Rayyan Ait-Nouri, chasing him down and trying not once but twice to tackle him.
Aaronson got him second-time of asking, allowing Jack Harrison to slip it to Rodrigo. The Spaniard styled a step-over and smashed a shot near-post where Sa was slow to react and the ball crept in.
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The trend of Aaronson’s energy being too much for Ait-Nouri to live with continued on into the second-half and Leeds’ winning goal. With 17 minutes to go Patrick Bamford was played into space in the box on the left and he fizzed a low ball across the face of goal and who should show up to tuck home? Brenden Aaronson, of course.
In the end it was given as an own goal, but Aaronson is insisting it’s his strike. After the match he told the club’s official media channel: “I touched it! I was in there and it came off my shin somewhere in there; I’m taking credit for it!”
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Twitter was enamoured with Aaron’s high-energy approach to the game, with one fan even going so far as to compare him to the greatest player of all-time, calling him the “Medford Messi.”
I said this long before the final whistle. Aaronson is gonna be a very good player. Makes a nuisance of himself, wants the ball. One game in I like him a lot.
— Mark Harrison (@MarkBHarrison1) August 6, 2022
Think Aaronson has become my new fave after Kalv leaving. Medford Messi 🙌🏻💙🤍💛⚽️ #lufc
— Nick Smith (@PicNick4) August 6, 2022
Damn they took away 🇺🇸Brenden Aaronson’s goal and ruled it an own goal… I’m here for the #USMNT energy on this fine Premier League Matchday 1 morning though!#LEEWOL | #MyPLMorning pic.twitter.com/bkC7ZJbrvT
— Jake Anderson (@jwa1994) August 6, 2022
Obviously the goal is great for Aaronson. But his overall game was great today, especially his pressing off the ball
— D-Scott (@therealDScott) August 6, 2022
Man of the match performance today for Brenden Aaronson https://t.co/i4WDCdpuZo
— ESPN Drew (@AmericaSoccerFC) August 6, 2022
We no longer have the inspiration of Raphinha, but I think we saw plenty of perspiration from Aaronson, Kristensen, Adams, Roca & the rest of the players. To be honest, I'm hoping that Sinisterra might provide some of the inspiration when he's fit again.🤞
— Stuart Grant (@McClumsy84) August 6, 2022
— Randy Morgan (@jrmorgan16) August 6, 2022
Feel like Aaronson is going be quality for us. Proper livewire
— Ant😎 (@anthonysheldon_) August 6, 2022
— Larry Henry Jr (@lhenry019) August 6, 2022