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Max Aarons: A right-back in high demand

Despite a Premier League return with Norwich City; Max Aarons remains a highly sort after defender across Europe’s top leagues.

NORWICH, ENGLAND – APRIL 20: Max Aarons of Norwich during the Sky Bet Championship match between Norwich City and Watford at Carrow Road on April 20, 2021, in Norwich, England (Photo by Mark Leech/Offside/Offside via Getty Images).

The 21-year-old right-back has made 127 appearances for the Canaries since making his debut in August 2018, aged just 18. His first appearance came in a 3-1 win against Stevenage in the Carabao Cup. Two weeks later, he scored his first senior goal away to Cardiff City in the same competition.

Daniel Farke decided to test his capabilities by giving him his first league start away to bitter rivals Ipswich Town. Aarons performance earned him high praise, and he went on to play the remaining 41 Championship games as Norwich sealed the title. The young defender getting called up to the England U19’s squad in the process.

The dynamic full-back earned a place in the 2018/19 Championship Team of the Season and won the EFL Young Player of the Season award.

Aarons Premier League Dream

After such a successful spell in the Championship, the Premier League would be a different test for the former Luton youngster. However, he took to the challenge like a duck to water.

NORWICH, ENGLAND – JULY 11: Daniel Farke, Manager of Norwich City consoles Max Aarons of Norwich City following the Premier League match between Norwich City and West Ham United at Carrow Road on July 11, 2020, in Norwich, England (Photo by Ian Walton/Pool via Getty Images).

Aarons amassed 36 Premier League appearances and notched one assist. Despite it being a difficult season for an inexperienced Norwich side, he was one of the shining lights. His ability to go forwards and join attacks saw links develop to some of England’s top teams.

The defender’s profile was enhanced further as he progressed into the England U21’s set up ahead of their Euro Qualifiers. In June 2020, Max was nominated for the Golden Boy award. His attitude to playing for Norwich remained professional despite the growing noise about his potential.

Another Championship Season To Remember

Aarons was heavily linked to Barcelona in the summer and looked to join the list of prized assets that would be snatched away from Norwich. Although, after the transfer window closed, he remained a Norwich City player.

He has not let his standards drop, playing 43 times so far this season. Aarons scored his second goal of the campaign at Loftus Road on Saturday as Norwich moved a step closer to the Championship title.

Norwichs Aarons on the ball during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Norwich City at Loftus Road Stadium, London on 24th April 2021. (Photo by Ian Randall/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Norwich City owner Delia Smith spoke about Max Aarons potential a few months ago:

“Luckily, because of this wonderful team behind the scenes, we have some really lovely players.”

“They’ve got a nice temperament and Max Aarons is one of the best. He is going to be one of the top footballers and it won’t be at Norwich.

“He knows that, we know that. But we didn’t have any problem with Max or his parents on this particular occasion and this particular deal. Obviously, we will lose him, but that is part of our plan.”

Recently, Aarons has been heavily linked with a summer move to West Ham and Everton. However, Daniel Farke reiterated that Max will not be sold unless it is to one of Europe’s most elite clubs. All Norwich fans will be hoping that he is willing to stay another season at Carrow Road, as the club hope to stabilise in the top-flight.

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