By Joe Ellis

4th Jan, 2023 | 9:41pm

Sky Sports pundit slams 'sloppy' Brenden Aaronson as he loses his mind in Leeds United v West Ham

Brenden Aaronson was left with his head in his hands after his mistake led to West Ham taking the lead against Leeds United at Elland Road in the 2-2 draw on Wednesday night.

The American inexplicably gave the ball away in his own half and it landed at the feet of Italian international Gianluca Scamacca who thundered the Hammers in front having conceded first.

Jay Bothroyd could not believe how poor Aaronson’s pass was that led to the goal as he lost his mind live on air with Sky Sports News.

“Oh, my God. What a goal that was, honestly Scamacca that guy I was telling you about,” Bothroyd said [Sky Sports News, 4 January, 08:51pm]. “It was a sloppy ball from the leaves from Aaronson. Lost the ball.

“Scamacca has picked it up and honest-It must be about 25 yards. And he’s just bent it round the keeper, in off the post.

“It was a fantastic goal, I can’t believe that. That’s one of the goals of the month, for sure and it’s a great start for West Ham.”

Everyone does it

Given how brilliant a signing Aaronson has been for Leeds United, Jesse Marsch and the entire fanbase will be letting him off the hook with this one.

Every player has made a howler of a mistake in their career and been punished for it and there will be nobody more annoyed that it happened than the man himself.

One isolated incident like this doesn’t define a game or result so he should be allowed to move very quickly past this and look towards continuing his strong start in the white of Leeds.

You also have to give some credit to the big Italian Scamacca too because it was a sublime finish from distance and most players would not have been able to punish Aaronson’s error like that.

Lesser players could get bogged down in that mistake but the temperament of Aaronson should see him bounce right back and remain a key player for Marsch at Elland Road.

In other Leeds United news, this BBC pundit has suggested what the referee said to Rodrigo after his flashpoint in the first half against the Hammers.