Name: Max Aarons
Club: Norwich City
Date of Birth: 4 January 2000
Position: Full-back (Right/Left), midfielder
Max Aarons – his career so far
Despite still being such a young player for Norwich City, the now 20-year-old Max Aarons is pretty much a well-known quantity for the Canaries in the Premier League. And his sheer talent and potential guaranteed that his road towards making it on a big stage was quick, really impressive and most importantly, a big success.
But Aarons began his career at Luton Town, a club he joined as a young kid before he was scouted and scooped up by Norwich City in 2016 when he was already far more developed and ready for a much bigger challenge.
He wouldn’t, however, spend too much time in the Canaries’ youth ranks as he signed a three-year professional deal two years later, in 2018, before making his grand debut not long after that. The Hammersmith-born right-back would still first play for Norwich’s U18s and U23s before making a huge leap towards the senior squad.
Aarons played a total of 36 games for the younger development squad, even registering two goals under his belt during that successful stint and before moving up in the world. The U23 level was equally successful for him and the now 20-year-old defender tallied 21 appearances and put one assist on his account in the process as well.
His big debut with the first-team squad of the Canaries arrived in August 2018 when Norwich City faced Stevenage in an EFL Cup. His first league appearance arrived on 2 September, starting in the East Anglian derby against Ipswich Town, a game that ended a 1-1 draw.
It was in 2018/19 when he became a regular presence in the senior squad and would go on to feature 73 times for the club ever since his debut a couple of years ago, scoring three times and assisting further eight goals on the side as well.
Interestingly enough, he was included in the 2018/19 Championship Team of the Season through his impressive performances and also won the 2018/19 EFL Young Player of the Season award along the way too.
With Aarons’ sheer talent and potential and his experience in the English top-flight, it doesn’t really come as a surprise to see transfer rumours linking him to the exit door at Norwich. According to some reports, the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur were both interested in the 20-year-old defender and it will be interesting to see if that continues into the summer transfer window.
Of course, with both Spurs and the Gunners being ahead in the Premier League pecking order, both offers could be extremely tempting for Aarons and that’s some bad Norwich City news for the supporters.
However, the right-back does have a contract with the Canaries until 2024 and seeing him stay at the club despite the transfer news that’s surrounding him is definitely still a possibility.
Only time will tell but as the summer transfer window edges ever closer, the situation might escalate rather quickly.
Being a defender first and foremost, Aarons has the skill set that’s required to successfully plug holes in the back and snuff out danger before it’s too late. He’s rather quick and will engage in tackles and duels with the opposition, tracking their runs and then beating them in 1v1 situations.
But it’s more about positioning himself well in order to be able to time his challenges correctly. And even though he is only 20 years of age, his positional awareness and decision making seem to be on a really high level already.
Still, modern defenders, full-backs included, have to be adept at both defending and attacking or at the very least, participating in the build-up phase. Luckily for Norwich, their young gem has the confidence and the technical ability on the ball to be able to perform that role as well.
He’s always ready to push up the pitch and combine with his teammates in the final third, providing that width and stretching the opposition defences with his runs. When we combine that with his great first touch and good on the ball technique, we get a modern full-back who’s bound to improve even further down the line.
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