Tottenham Hotspur and transfers – for the past year, they’ve not exactly gone hand in hand.
Presumably because they’ve got to pay off the not so insignificant sum of one billion pounds for their yet-to-be-opened new stadium, the club have tightened the purse string of late – failing to bring in a single player in the last two transfer windows.
Well, this looks set to change next summer, with Norwich City’s £15m-rated Max Aarons reportedly a top target this summer At the age of just 19, the right-back is already being tipped for great things, after starring for the Canaries in an exhilarating breakthrough season.
Here’s six things you need to know about the teenage sensation..
6. He’s Been Capped at Youth Level for England
In the future, it’s very likely that we’ll see Aarons make some senior appearances for the Three Lions, as current boss and all-round national treasure Gareth Southgate looks determined to give youth a chance.
In the meantime, while he continues to develop, the youngster has been capped four times for the England Under-19 side, which will prove invaluable when he does come to represent the senior side.
England’s Under-21s will be at the EURO Finals next summer, and he just might find himself on the plane to Italy if his fine form continues.
5. He’s Also on Chelsea & Arsenal’s Radar
Hmmm, now this could throw a spanner in the works.
Understandably, it’s not just Spurs who have taken an interest in the obscenely talented defender, and they could have to deal with rival interest from fierce London rivals Arsenal and Chelsea.
However, Mauricio Pochettino is famed for developing youth players, while Chelsea tend to just endlessly farm them out on loan, so the player could well favour a move to the Lilywhites for this key reason.
4. He’s Related to Newcastle United’s Rolando Aarons
It’s always a treat to see footballing relatives square off on the pitch, and this looks set to happen for the Cousins Aaron this season, with Max and Rolando (Sheffield Wednesday loanee) set to face each other in April.
Even better, The Magpies man plays on the left-wing, meaning he’ll be in direct competition with his relative!
The family bragging rights are at stake in this one, and it’s bound to be a fascinating contest between the pacy pair.
3. His Signing Would be Terrible News for Kyle Walker-Peters
Kyle Walker-Peters, whose inclusion in the Spurs squad was subject to great mirth upon his replacement of the similarly named Kyle Walker, has made a promising start to his Spurs career.
The 21-year-old has been used very sparingly by has manager, but managed to notch up three assists in one match during a 5-0 shellacking of Bournemouth.
Should Spurs sign Aarons, it could be bad news for Walker-Peters, as the club already have right-backs Kieran Trippier and Serge Aurier among their ranks.
2. He’s Got Both Goals and Assists in the Locker
The modern wide defender is now expected to do far more than protect the flanks, and can provide an excellent source of assists when exploiting the overlap.
Much like Ryan Sessegnon during his time in the Championship, Aarons has shown an innate ability to remain composed in-front of goal, and has managed to bag three goals and four assists for Norwich so far this season.
1. He Could Win the Championship in His First Professional Season
Now that would be quite a claim for the old CV!
As things stand, Norwich City are sitting pretty at the top of the Championship table, ahead of Leeds United on goal difference.
Of course, it’s a brutally competitive competitive division, and there’s plenty of matches left, but there’s a very decent chance that in May, Aarons could be picking up a champions medal in his first season as a pro.