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Brenden Aaronson assists once to help spark Leeds United comeback draw

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Leeds United rebounded from its first Premier League loss of the season by fighting back to claim a 1-1 draw at Elland Road vs. Everton on Tuesday. Brenden Aaronson was at the forefront of the Lilywhites attack once again and walked away with his first league assist in the result.

Aaronson assisted once at Elland Road, setting up Luis Sinisterra for his first Premier League goal as Leeds United moved to fifth place in the league table. It was Aaronson’s fifth start for Leeds United following his summer transfer from Red Bull Salzburg.

Anthony Gordon opened the scoring from Yorkshire as the Chelsea target needed only 17 minutes to score his second goal of the season. Alex Iwobi played Gordon in towards goal with a dangerous through ball allowing the 20-year-old the chance to slide a shot past Illan Meslier.

Leeds United responded in the second half as Aaronson set up Sinisterra in the 56th minute before the fellow summer acquisition hit a low drive past Jordan Pickford and into the bottom-right corner.

Aaronson also came to scoring himself in the second half, forcing a diving two-handed save from Pickford prior to the Leeds goal. The U.S. men’s national team midfielder logged 76 minutes in the match before being replaced by Daniel James for the final 15+ minutes.

Fellow USMNT midfielder Tyler Adams also impressed in the draw, totaling 90 minutes, winning eight of 10 duels, and making seven recoveries from his No. 6 position. It was also Adams’ fifth league start of the new season.

Leeds United next visit Brentford on September 3 before a rivalry showdown with Nottingham Forest at Elland Road on Sept. 12.

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  1. No doubt Aaronson is establishing himself in the EPL. Marsh has his group playing with high energy and tough to play against. Looking forward to Aaronson developing his offensive game even further.
    With Pulisic his measuring stick is Sterling. He is the dude taking his minutes and Pulisic has to be thinking I’m better then that guy. Sterling is not someone who consistently makes those around him better. Sterling is somewhat erratic, unpredictable with the ball, and does not play teammates into to the 18. He scores goals with his athleticism and quality service.
    Tuchel may not make it to the WC with Chelsea’s performance!

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  2. Chelsea and Tuchel are extremely desperate right now which is dangerous and makes Christian Pulisic expendable…..very expendable. It is time for him to leave Chelsea and try to join a team where he will be VALUED as a player and as a starter…… by the coach and by his teammates. Chelsea is currently not that team.

    He could currently even be a good fit with Liverpool (as they just do not spend big money on players!!!) in Klopp’s 4-3-3 system with all the injuries that has plagued their team. Klopp is a coach that believes in player and system, rather than just money and results. He just doesn’t throw money around to get the “ready-made” product (like Man City or Man U) and is the kind of coach that is known to develop young players to superstardom. He will laud every moment of brilliance of his players throughout 90 minutes, and instills them with the confidence to overcome rough patches in their careers. He could also join Marsh and do so much damage in Leeds (plus he would be with another coach that would have HIS BEST INTEREST AT HEART), or Ream and Jedi at Fulham or be part of the likes of Newcastle or even try to turn things around in Everton with Lampard.

    At this point, for his future and further development he needs to take a PAY CUT if necessary but he has to be leave Chelsea A.S.A.P!!!! I fear that Tuchel will make Pulisic part of a deal that would land him on a team that would be a disaster for his progression / development

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    • Chelsea paid a lot of money for Pulisic, they’re not going to sell him unless they get most or all of their investment back. And nobody’s going to pay Chelsea anything close to what they paid for him. If he goes, it will be a loan. But Werner and Hudson-Odoi and gone and Ziyech seems to be deeper in the doghouse than Pulisic (and he may be gone by the end of the day), so Chelsea is actually pretty thin at that winger/midfield spot. I don’t see Pulisic leaving now.

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    • I think it’s pretty safe to say Kloppe isn’t interested in Pulisic at this point. He’s had several opportunities and there’s never been anything beyond “monitoring”.

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  3. …and in the meantime Christian Pulisic got 24 minutes in Chelsea’s 2-1 loss to Southampton. As a right wingback. And the ESPN caption reads “Chelsea’s loss to Southampton stresses Tuchel’s need for further signings.”

    Uh…wut? I looked it up, and per spotrac.com Southampton’s total salaries are listed at L43,660,000. By way of comparison, Chelsea’s salaries are listed at L173,454,000…almost exactly four times Southampton’s. And Tuchel and his apologists are still pleading talent poverty?

    Just spitballing here, but maybe the problem is actually that Tuchel isn’t playing the guys he has properly. Or in the right positions. Maybe try, I dunno, NOT playing Pulisic as a wingback?

    Also, Norwich City beat Birmingham 2-1. Sargent started, looked really good, but didn’t score, though he was denied by a couple of really good saves. I’m still eyeballing him suspiciously for the Return Of The Yips if he starts scuffing again, but if he keeps playing like he is I don’t see how we don’t start him. The guy is playing really good ball at the moment.

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    • I read the article the title was fairly misleading. It should have read “Would more signings help Chelsea?” It was reported today Chelsea was going for Edson Alvarez. Not sure that helps them with their offense. All their signings seemed to be defensive minded when it’s the offense that has been painful.

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    • The problem for Pulisic at Chelsea is that his best position does not exist in the formation Tuchel plays. Right now Chelsea is a place for a winger or outside forward to “die on the vine” so to speak. Tuchel wants two CAMs playing behind the striker and neither that nor wingback allow Pulisic a chance to be at his best.

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  4. Good game from both. I do think Aaronson is growing into becoming more influential for Leeds. Dude is going to continue to get better. Funny thing is the USMNT might have two Aaronsons in the starting 11 in a few years. Paxten has even more upside.

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