February 20, 2024

Phil Hay on whether Brenden Aaronson will return to Leeds United

Brenden Aaronson gave an interview this week in which he said he doesn’t believe his time at Leeds United is over – but Phil Hay has told The Square Ball that he feels Aaronson has burned his bridges.

 

Aaronson, 23, played 40 times for Leeds last season but failed to prove his £25m transfer fee. Jesse Marsch’s first signing was one of the first to jump ship after relegation, using the relegation loan clause.

 

He moved to Union Berlin, who only ended a 12-game losing streak this week – drawing at Napoli in the Champions League. Aaronson is struggling for form. Failing to provide a goal or assist in his 13 outings.

 

Speaking to The Athletic this week, Aaronson said his time at Leeds is not “done or dusted”. He also shared how he loves the club. Those comments earned a predictably strong reaction on social media.

 

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Hay was asked about those comments, and whether he felt there is a chance that Aaronson could end up back at Elland Road. He says that he feels like Aaronson has burned his bridges at Leeds United.

 

“Can’t see it. Not going well at Union. Form has completely imploded. At the end of last season, I could see him coming back. Last season was bad, could tell in the interview it affected him psychologically.

 

“I wonder if that bridge has been burned. There’s more to it [than Illan Meslier]. He falls in the category of players that were very quick to go. He gets a disproportionate amount of criticism,” Hay continued.

 

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“Given the amount of players that underperformed. But he did play a part. A return is tricky. I don’t think we saw enough good performances to see him come back in, and he has to fit into Daniel Farke’s plans.”

 

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Phil Hay says he cannot see Brenden Aaronson return to Leeds

Leeds fans are not happy with Aaronson. Even more so, than the likes of Robin Koch, Marc Roca and the others that left on loan following relegation. Diego Llorente and Koch were always expected to leave us.

 

Llorente had already been on loan, Koch’s contract ends in June. Roca, Luis Sinisterra, Max Wober, Jack Harrison and Rasmus Kristensen – like Aaronson – could have stayed, but chose to leave Elland Road.

 

Harrison has given a lot to Leeds and there is a feeling he could remain if he wanted to. But for the rest, the bridges have been burned by jumping ship. Aaronson has no future, will leave again next summer.

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