According to a report by Football.London, Tottenham Hotspur could be prepared to make a move for Max Aarons this summer.
The Norwich City defender has been attracting plenty of interest over the past few months with his performances as he was vital in helping the Canaries achieve promotion last season and become a Premier League side once again.
It is suggested that we would only make an approach if Kieran Trippier is sold this summer and if the England international is, then Aarons could be the perfect upgrade.
Despite only being 19-years-old, the Under-19 international has all the potential to go all the way in the game and his stats from last season would suggest that he could be a better player than our current right-back in the future.
Taking a look his statistics from last season (via WhoScored’s Player Comparison tool), it would not be too difficult to see why he has all the makings to be an excellent addition for us.
Looking at his defensive game first – he is a defender after all – he may have averaged fewer tackles per game (1.6 to 2.5), however, he was almost better in all other aspects after he recorded more interceptions (1.1 to 0.9), recorded more blocks (0.3 to 0.2) and saw players dribble past him fewer times (0.4 to 0.9).
However, what is even more exciting, and, perhaps, is of more interest to Mauricio Pochettino and fans is his ability to get forward on the pitch and make things happen on the right-hand side of the pitch.
Having provided his team-mates with six assists and netted twice himself, Aarons showed he was more than comfortable on the ball as he completed more dribbles (1.4 to 0.3), took more shots (0.6 to 0.3), had a 80.7% pass percentage completion and although his key passes may have let him down at times (0.8 to Trippier’s 1.8), he showed glimpses of quality and that statistic is surely only going to increase with time.
The teenager ticks all the boxes that Pochettino likes to have in a young player and is definitely an individual that would surely thrive under the Argentine’s guidance over the coming years if he were to join us at the New Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
Despite his poor season last year, Trippier has been a good servant for us over the years, however, Aarons could be the upgrade we need in the position and one of the next stars to come out of the latest generation of talented English footballers.