Brenden Aaronson will ‘only get better’ after the impressive appearance of Leeds United

Brendan Aaronson earned huge acclaim from manager Jesse Marsh after he made his debut in Leeds United’s 2-1 win over Wolves to start the new Premier League season on good terms.

Aaronson, who arrived this summer on a fee of around $30 million from Salzburg FC, played a prominent role in Leeds’ two goals at Island Road.

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It was the United States international midfielder’s pressure that led to Rodrygo’s opening goal before he looked ready to convert Patrick Bamford’s cross into the winning goal that was ultimately a special goal for Wolverhampton defender Ryan Ait Nouri.

Aaronson was making his debut alongside fellow USMNT regular Tyler Adams.

“The second goal was in some ways a bit off the course of play but we were gaining momentum. I was really happy because the players off the bench made a huge difference,” Marsh, who previously coached Aaronson when he was coach of Salzburg, told the BBC.

“I think all the arrivals did a good job. The speed of play… was at a very high level, both teams trying to impose themselves on the way they want to play.

“[Aaronson] relentless. He does not stop. His work rate is incredible and I know him very well and the thing I know about him is that he will only get better.”

Aaronson said he thought he should have had a purpose to celebrate his outstanding performance.

“I touched it there, it came off my leg somewhere in there. I’m counting on it,” Aaronson said with a smile.

“We’ve been working on that in back sprint training and you always have to be there. If you’re not there, the guy can take it down or something, so just doing that back sprint helps.”

However, the 21-year-old Philadelphia Union youth team producer was delighted with his first experience in the Premier League.

“I mean it’s always great to win, to win at home on Elland Road for the first time,” he said. “What a great experience for me and the team to win today and it’s a great start to the season.

“You can tell how high the level is, everyone is very technical. The Wolves were tough today. They moved the ball really well, and they took it down the other side, which hurts because we like to press it and keep it to one side. It was hard at one point but we struggled and got the win. And I think we were good on the counter-attack.

“It’s a great big result for us to start the season with three points. The end of last year was tough, but to start the year with three points is always great.”

Information from Reuters was used in this report.

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