Alex McLeish has dropped a transfer claim on whether he thinks Max Aarons would be a good signing for Everton or not.
The former Rangers and Scotland international manager was giving his reaction to a recent report from Sky Sports that stated that the Goodison Park faithful are considering a summer move for the Norwich City star, who valued him at between £30m and £35m, as a long-term replacement for Seamus Coleman.
Would Aarons start for Everton?
Speaking to Football Insider, McLeish has claimed that Aarons would be an ‘excellent’ replacement for the Republic of Ireland international:
“Recruitment is vital. That, for me, is a guy who knows his way about on a football field.
“Aarons would be an excellent signing and replacement for the captain. He has been fantastic, has Seamus.
“I nearly had him as a kid at Birmingham, he played a trial game for me when he was 16. At that time, we didn’t invest in young players, I think it was about £100,000 or something.
“David Sullivan, David Gold – we decided would keep the money for someone more experienced coming in. There you go, there’s one we lost.”
Aarons would be a great replacement for Coleman
There is no doubt that Aarons would be a great replacement for Coleman in the long-term, given that the latter is 32 years of age now and will be turning 33 in October.
Aarons is only 21 and has a bundle of potential, which can be fulfilled under Carlo Ancelotti. The right-back has impressed so far in the EFL Championship in the 2020/21 term, helping his team keep no fewer than 11 clean sheets while also averaging 1.8 clearances, 1.3 key passes and 1.2 successful dribbles a game (Sofascore).
Yes, there is a difference in quality between the Championship and the Premier League, but the Englishman has already gained the experience of playing in the latter last season.
Nonetheless, the Merseyside club should seriously consider wrapping up a deal for him in the summer.
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