Reports indicate that Fulham have turned down a loan offer for Leeds United midfielder Brenden Aaronson, a move that could end up working out well for the American. Following his transfer to Leeds from Salzburg for £25 million last summer, 22-year-old Aaronson has impressed immensely with his performances although have failed the numbers to show for it with merely one goal and three assists in 40 games at Elland Road.
In June, the Mail reported that Fulham made an official approach to secure Aaronson on loan, with transfer expert Dean Jones adding that progress was expected in a potential deal. Although according to the latest report in the Mail (page 105, July 1), Fulham are no longer interested in the midfielder.
Fulham may have made a mistake by signing Aaronson despite the club’s need for reinforcements following the departures of Dan James, Manor Solomon and Willian. The American’s lacklustre play last year likely prevented him from starting for Craven Cottage in his preferred no. 10 position.
Fulham already have Andreas Pereira, who is ideal for the attacking midfield position. Under Marco Silva, Pereira formed a productive trio with Joao Palhinha and Harrison Reed.
Although Fulham could use some depth on the wings, Aaronson is at his best as a central attacking midfielder and should look for a club where he can get more playing time.
Aaronson has the opportunity to resurrect his form and career whether he stays at Leeds or considers a move to a Bundesliga club where there are reported interests.
Aaronson, looking for a new beginning and consistent playing time, may find that Fulham’s decision to reject the loan offer is ultimately beneficial.