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Max Aarons: Profile of Norwich defender and England prospect

After departure of Kieran Trippier from North London, there is a serious crisis in Spurs’ defensive line. Last season, Tottenham only allowed 1.03 goals per game. This figure has skyrocketed to 1.42 during this season, they’re leaking goals left, right and centre. The North London side didn’t sign enough players in recent transfer windows. Nothing sums their squad situation up more than using 6 different players on the right wing in 2019/20. But a position they’re crying out for more than any other is fullback. One option could be Norwich’s Max Aarons.

Both Tottenham and rivals Arsenal have expressed an interest for the defender. Sky Sports are reporting the former in particular have kept an eye on his development since the summer window. The 20 year-old was also on Manchester United’s radar before they signed Aaron Wan-Bissaka.

Max Aarons in action for Norwich

Max Aarons arrived at Carrow Road from Luton Town in 2016. He played 41 games in Championship, netted twice and added 6 assists to his stats helping the club win promotion to the Premier League. The Englishman was named in the Championship Team of the Season and also won EFL Young Player of the Year. Though Aarons is contracted at Carrow Road until June 2023, the prospect of a move to a Top 6 club could twist his head.

Max Aarons – Style of Play

The 20-year-old has been one of the Canaries’ key players during their past season in the Championship. A mainstay in Daniel Farke’s defensive line, he’s mainly a right-back that can also play as a left-back. With high percentage of pass and tackle accuracy, he was a reliable choice for his German manager. His tackle success is 80% (Premierleague.com) and he averages 2.1 clearances per game, according to Whoscored.com.

Aarons is also well-built and his technical skills are mesmerizing. Thanks to his speed and good balance, the Norwich defender gets past opponents with ease. As I mentioned already, he is equally good at both ends of the pitch.

Tottenham’s full-backs have struggled to deliver precise crosses into the box this season. But Aarons doesn’t look like the solution to that problem. His number of successful crosses per game is 0.4, which is low figure compared to other Premier League full-backs.

But other than crossing, Aarons is generally good on the attack. In 2019/20, he’s averaged 0.8 key passes and 1.4 dribbles per game for Norwich. If he plays for Tottenham, you’d like to think these numbers will only rise. Better players around him and more importance for fullbacks in a Mourinho system.

Good move for both parties?

For Max it will be perfect, if he signs for Spurs. The Lilywhites are in the Champions League knock-out stage and still fighting for a Top-4 finish in the Premier League. The remaining part of the season will give the fullback much needed experience and he could potentially be a key member of the team. As we know though, this all depends on whether Daniel Levy wants to put his hands into his pockets or not…

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