Noel Whelan has tipped new Leeds United signing Brenden Aaronson to battle Mateusz Klich for a place in the starting XI next season.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the former Leeds striker and club ambassador suggested the 21-year-old is at his best when operating in a central attacking midfield role.
Speaking following the announcement of Aaronson’s arrival on Thursday (27 May), Victor Orta singled out the midfielder’s versatility and claimed he is the “perfect player” for Leeds.
✍️ #LUFC is delighted to announce an agreement with Red Bull Salzburg for the transfer of Brenden Aaronson, which will be completed on July 1st— Leeds United (@LUFC) May 26, 2022
The USA international has primarily featured in a number 10 role during his career.
However, has also played deeper and even on the left-hand side for club and country.
Whelan suggested Aaronson would compete with Klich for a place in Jesse Marsch’s lineup next season.
Whelan told Football Insider’s Russell Edge: “When I look at the starting XI and the clips that I’ve seen, I think he’s better off through the middle in that in that attacking area.
“I think you’re looking at probably a Mateusz Klich sort of role, in my opinion. He’s got a great eye for a pass and weight of pass, he comes up with goals as well.
“He’s one of these players that can drive past and pick the pass at the right time. I’ve seen that from his YouTube videos as well. A very exciting young player, got a turn of pace, good control and composure on the ball.
“He assists and scores goals as well. That’s exactly what we need.”
Aaronson scored 13 goals and contributed 15 assists in 63 appearances for RB Salzburg.
Meanwhile, Klich has netted 22 times and chipped in with 21 assist in 173 games for Leeds.
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