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Leeds United: Phil Hay drops encouraging Brenden Aaronson claim

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Phil Hay has dropped a damning transfer claim on the Leeds United board ahead of the summer window, claiming an attacking midfielder has to be signed. 

The Athletic’s Leeds correspondent was speaking on the latest episode of The Phil Hay Show, where he was discussing the possibility of signing Brenden Aaronson.

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Leeds were heavily linked with the American in the January transfer window after two bids were rejected by RB Salzburg, with the highest offer believed to be worth £20m.

But now with Jesse Marsch in the Elland Road dugout, there is a feeling the Whites will return in the summer with their interest in the 21-year-old.

And speaking on the podcast, Hay was adamant this is an area that has to be invested in over the course of the summer transfer window.

He said: “That has to be done.

“This sort of more advanced midfield area, which could have been Conor Gallagher’s domain this season. Aaronson, you know, they bid for in January, I think Aaronson fits the bill of the type of player they should be going for; age and kind of within budget, you would say, realistically.”

TIF Thoughts on Hay’s comments…

There has been a severe lack of creativity coming from Leeds’ midfield this season, with the highest number of assists coming from their players being just four.

Daniel James leads the way, but it is hardly an impressive return given Nathan Redmond has been able to provide five for Southampton this season.

Rodrigo has featured in the attacking midfield position this season, however, he can only boast one assist to his name across the 26 appearances made in all competitions (via Transfermarkt).

Regardless of whether Leeds survive the relegation fight, we feel Hay is absolutely right in saying this is a position that needs to be addressed.

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