By Anthony Onifade

25th Oct, 2023 | 4:10pm

Leeds United: Brenden Aaronson loan agreement could be in danger of an abrupt end as Union Berlin struggles continue

Leeds United could well be looking at an early return at Elland Road in January with Brendan Aaronson’s struggles at Union Berlin continuing after what happened on Tuesday night (24 October).

The American international, who cost a whopping £24.7 million [Sky Sports] in 2022, departed Elland Road for a loan move to Bundesliga outfit Union Berlin during the summer after struggling during his first campaign in England and the Whites suffering relegation.

The Athletic journalist Phil Hay shared on 4 October that the loan deal, as much as it was forced due to a release clause in his contract, could help Leeds United to enhance Aaronson’s value over the current season.

Had he been sold permanently upon their relegation from the Premier League, the club would have made a loss on the fee paid to RB Salzburg to bring the American to Elland Road, but a good loan spell would give them more chance of breaking even.

Despite Aaronson’s wish to play Champions League and Bundesliga football, a slow and poor start to his Union Berlin career has made it even more unlikely that Leeds will manage to gain a potential eight-figure windfall.

So far, Aaronson has started just four games this season [Transfermarkt] showing just how much the Germans value him right now which puts a potential transfer windfall in serious jeopardy in West Yorkshire.

And that worry was further compounded on Tuesday in yet another disastrous performance from the American international who could well see his European dream come to an abrupt end.

Aaronson was given a rare start for the Germans in their Champions League tie against Napoli, suffering a 1-0 defeat on Tuesday night but lasted only 70 minutes in a lacklustre showing.

As per SofaScore, the Elland Road loanee rarely touched the ball with just 18 touches and failed to a single key pass or a shot on target in his advanced midfield role. The American international only won one of his five ground duels, failed with 100% of his aerial duels and was dribbled past three times.

A worrying financial trend is emerging at Elland Road and the way Aaronson is performing at this moment in time could well mean the Elland Road owners miss out on some much-needed cash injection yet again.

If the 22-year-old continues to struggle during his loan stint with Union Berlin for the remainder of the campaign, it could well be hard for Farke to find a club willing to take the US international off his hands.

Hopefully, for everyone’s sake and Leeds United most of all, he can rediscover some sort of form to reignite his career.

If not, Union Berlin could well look to end that agreement on the first day of the January window.

In other Leeds United news, one Thorp Arch academy graduate may have to leave in January with his career now in serious jeopardy.