Brenden Aaronson could face awkward Joel Piroe conversation upon his Leeds United return

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When Brenden Aaronson eventually walks back into Thorp Arch he may find his old locker is occupied, along with the hooks he used to hang his clothes on and, crucially, the shirt he used to wear. Leeds United have a new number seven and there may be an awkward conversation later this summer.

In his one season at Elland Road, Aaronson took on the number seven shirt previously worn by Ian Poveda. Once he decided to jump ship after relegation, that shirt was left vacant and Joel Piroe stepped into the breach.

Over in Germany, with Union Berlin, Aaronson was also wearing the number seven with mixed success. Once his international duty with USA is done with at the Copa America he will need to take a belated end-of-season break, but back in West Yorkshire he may find Piroe unwilling to surrender the seven.

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Much will depend on how the transfer window plays out until the eve of the new season on August 10. Which players join or leave Piroe and Aaronson in the dressing room could turn their heads on the shirt numbers available.

Assuming Jack Harrison does not return to play in the Championship with Leeds, the number 11 will be open for takers this summer. Aaronson wore the 11 with Red Bull Salzburg before he arrived at Leeds and he also wears it with USA.

The owners of 12, 14 and 15 will not be in the picture next season either. Jamie Shackleton wore 17 last season, but if he departs at the expiry of his contract, Piroe may be tempted to return to the shirt he wore with Swansea City.

United’s resolve on Crysencio Summerville is also expected to be tested this summer. The iconic number 10 shirt will be up for grabs if the Dutch winger does depart in the coming window.