Crystal Palace’s quest to replace Aaron Wan-Bissaka could see them turn to Norwich City’s Max Aarons.
Wan-Bissaka departed Selhurst Park for Manchester United in a £50m deal at the end of June and, according to the Daily Mirror’s John Cross, his former club are now set to make a move for the Norwich right-back.
Aarons played a huge role in the Canaries‘ promotion to the Premier League as he went on to claim the EA Sports Young Player of the Season award and earn praise from manager Daniel Farke along the way.
“I praised Teemu a lot and also Max for his development, especially in his consistency. It is totally okay they receive individual awards, or at least be recognised on the short list. They deserve all the applause and the plaudits and the spotlight,” Farke told the Norwich Evening News just prior to Aarons winning his award.
It is quite clear from the above that Aarons had a terrific 2018/19 season, with the 19-year-old’s stats also backing that up.
For example, when going forward, he really added something to Farke’s attack last term. His 0.8 key passes per game in the Championship were only bettered by Reading’s Andy Yiadom (0.9) out of the right-backs in the division who played more than 10 games (as per WhoScored).
His 1.4 dribbles per game, the same as Yiadom, also meant that no other regular right-back was more successful when it came to carrying the ball.
Averaging just 0.2 crosses per game, though, Aarons is still far from being the finished article in that department. But if Crystal Palace are looking for a right-back who can bring the ball out and create something in attack, then the signs are promising.
With an average of 46.6%, the Eagles were one of the worst teams in the Premier League last season when it came to possession, suggesting their game was more about hitting the opposition on the break.
“They’ve got some pace and counter-attacking threat so we’ve got to be at our best,” Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said ahead of Manchester United’s visit to Selhurst Park back in February (via Crystal Palace’s official club website).
And based on the above, Aarons could really add to that.
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