£15m is the price tag on London born full-back Max Aarons, the 19-year-old joined Norwich City in 2016 after enduring 5 years at the Luton Town Academy and after starting his first league appearance against Ipswich in September 2018, he’s not missed a Championship minute since.
Who is Max Aarons?
Max Aarons is a right-back who is having a breakout debut season in the Championship, the 19-year-old has made 23 consecutive league starts for the Canaries. He’s been linked with January moves to Premier League giants Arsenal and Tottenham, but with Aarons recently signing a new deal with the club and Norwich City boss Daniel Farke reiterating Carrow Road is the best place for him and his development, a move isn’t looking likely.
The England under-19 international stands at 5ft 10 inches tall, he’s made the transition to pro football superbly and you can follow him on Twitter here!
Since Aarons has joined the team it’s evident his main strength is his one on one dribbling, he has a great variety of skills in his locker and a 58% success rate of attempted dribbles. the Englishman is strong and fast when running with the ball, has superb timing and a quality end product to finish when he beats the opposing player.
He’s not just an offensively solid player, for a young player he has excellent maturity and his overall defensive game has looked promising – on average he wins 68.4% of his attempted tackles per game. Young players in their debut seasons are often prone to errors, but in his debut season at Carrow Road, the defender has only made 1 error leading to an attempt on goal, showing he is a reliable figure at the back.
What you might not see in the rave reviews is that Aarons is still learning and has some weaknesses that I have no doubt he will be working on with the coaching staff at the Colney Training Centre – thus being his long balls. In a league like the Championship, playing the style of football Farke wants to play, the long pass/ball is a much-needed attribute in his arsenal.
With a long ball accuracy of 28%, Aarons has the second lowest accumulation of accurate long balls compared to the rest of the Championship’s defenders. This doesn’t exactly mean his technical ability to play a long pass is bad, but maybe the naivety to just hit an area rather than aim for a specific target could be the cause of the poor showing in the statistics. Either way, the execution of the pass is something he needs to improve upon, it’s an important attribute to have as a full-back especially in the Championship.
Aarons is an attacking right full-back who is capable of playing on the left and has the qualities to slot into a central midfield spot, though his future is down the right flank. The youngster loves getting down the right side using his pace and athleticism to help Norwich in the attack.
The Canaries use their full-backs a lot and Aarons is a perfect fit in a Farke side, he possesses great dribbling ability, vision, and timing to create chances. His pace and youth allows him to be up and down the pitch throughout the game and has the intelligence to know when and how to join the attack – a mental attribute many young full-backs don’t possess.
Scouting Football Verdict:
Many young players don’t get the opportunity to have a full debut season in the side in a division like the Championship, that alone implies that Aarons is a special talent. The full-back will be key in Norwich’s promotion push and has all the ability to be playing Premier League football next season.
With Farke in charge at Norwich, it will be extremely attracting for him to stay at Carrow Road for at least another season – promotion or not. He will continue to learn and play football at a very good level consistently at the age of 19. I think within the next season or so he will become an established Premier League player and will be a must-have for any top side across Europe.
Current ability: ★★★★★★☆☆☆☆ Top Championship player
Potential Ability: ★★★★★★★★★☆ World class player