By Pranav Shahaney

29th Nov, 2022 | 5:10pm

Leeds United attacker Brenden Aaronson childhood challenges revealed by father ahead of US v Iran World Cup clash

Rusty Aaronson has revealed the challenges faced by Leeds United attacker Brenden Aaronson during his formative years.

The United States take on Iran in a winner takes all World Cup clash on November 29 and Aaronson is likely to play some part in the game.

The American moved to Elland Road this summer and has been a regular for his club but is not first choice for his country yet.

Speaking to Fox Sports, Rusty said, as relayed on Twitter, “He was a peanut. I remember his jersey – it just flooded him. It was way too big.

“I should have a PhD in child psychiatry trying to relieve his disappointment. ‘I’m not good enough. I’m too small, I’m never going to grow. I just don’t have it.’ And I knew that he did.”

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Aaronson has really had a tough time battling the fact that he was not as physically gifted as some of the players he came up against.

It’s always more difficult at an early age as that tends to overshadow the technicalities but he still managed to fight that.

It toughened him up for a move to Europe and eventually to Leeds and most fans will argue that he’s been one of the most energetic players this season.

He goes into every 50-50 with the hopes of winning it and is a constant menace to the opposition as he seldom lets them build from the back without any chaos.

Jesse Marsch knew his nature perfectly and he’s been the ideal manager for him at the club level as his game has remarkably improved of late.

We’re hoping that he plays a more significant role against Iran and should USA win and qualify, they’ll certainly give the Netherlands a run for their money.

In other Leeds United news, a first-team defender may not have long left at Elland Road after “Awful” footage emerges from this month, making a January transfer imperative.