Playing in the English Premier League will only further Aaronson’s development. It’s the best league in the world, in my opinion, and he competes every day, not just with his teammates, but with the rest of the league to show why Leeds paid around $30 million for his services.
He is at a great club, one with a lot of history in English football and one that matches his style to a T. He has a manager in Jesse Marsch who believes in him, trusts him and will give him opportunities to succeed. . Jesse wasted no time playing him early on in his first two appearances at Leeds United, but why would he? Aaronson has gained a ton of experience playing in big games over the past couple of years, from World Cup qualifiers to Champions League matches with RB Salzburg. He doesn’t shy away from a challenge and having that kind of mentality at a young age (21) is rare.
We’ve all heard the saying ‘he just needs time to adapt to the Premier League’ which is true in many cases. With Aaronson, however, it seems the higher the stakes, the better he plays.
Another big factor that plays a big role in his settling in England so quickly is the presence of his American teammate and New York Red Bulls product, Tyler Adams. Going to a new club in another country during an important World Cup year can be tricky, but for a young player having a teammate you know well and can relate to off the pitch is underrated.
Looking back on my career, I had an American teammate at every club I played outside of the United States, including Lee Nguyen (PSV), Claudio Reyna (Manchester City), Maurice Edu (Rangers), Steve Cherundolo (Hannover 96) and Michael Orozco (Puebla). Not every situation for me worked out on the pitch, but off it helped tremendously.