Spurs reportedly eyeing January swoop for 'magnificent' RB who's been compared to Kyle Walker
Tottenham Hotspur will be able to take stock over the coming month as top-flight club football grinds to a halt for the World Cup.
Antonio Conte, Fabio Paratici, Daniel Levy and the rest of the Tottenham contingent will certainly be busy planning for the second half of the campaign.
And the January transfer window, of course.
After going big in the summer transfer window, Spurs were hoping to be doing a lot better than they actually are.
Thing is, Tottenham aren’t doing badly. They’re in the Premier League top four and topped their Champions League group.
However, Spurs haven’t been consistently playing well, and there have been some really disappointing displays and results.
According to 90Min, Tottenham will be looking at two areas in particular when the window opens – right wing-back and up front.
One of the players Spurs are reportedly eyeing is Max Aarons of Norwich City.
The 22-year-old is one of the most highly rated young full-backs in English football.
Since his debut in 2018, he has been ‘magnificent‘ and looks set for a bright future in the game.
Now, with two-and-a-half years left on his deal, clubs will surely start circling once again.
Despite his young age, Aarons has already clocked up 186 senior appearances for Norwich.
As per The Athletic, he has made ‘significantly more senior appearances than England internationals Kyle Walker and Kieran Trippier at the same age’.
‘Actually quite amusing to watch’
In terms of his style of play and player comparisons, Breaking the Lines wrote up a comprehensive scouting report last year, with some excerpts included here.
‘Without trying to sound too exaggerative, you have to go right to the top of world football to find a player with a better ‘drop of the shoulder’ than Max Aarons,’ they wrote.
‘It’s actually quite amusing to watch. He sizes up the opposition full-back with a sort of untimely casualness, but this is a trick. It sucks you in, it stuns you, it leaves you scrambling for a breath as he has blown past you again.
‘With the cadence of a 100m sprinter, his acceleration is outrageous, but here is where you have to give props to Aarons.
‘Whether it’s something he worked on personally or if he is under instruction from the Norwich coaching staff, the duality Aarons has on the ball, being able to take it in-field, as well as to the byline, has driven his game miles ahead of anyone other full-back in the Championship.
‘I would extend that to the Premier League, but I’m not sure what João Cancelo is doing at Manchester City is even fair.’
The ‘early Kyle Walker’ stage
Breaking the Lines then spoke of Aarons’ defensive capabilities, which are superb, but perhaps not quite world-class just yet.
‘Defending is crucial,’ they continued. ‘It is where the minimal criticism of Aarons has arisen. I believe it to actually be incredibly harsh towards him: he’s competent defensively, not outstanding.
‘If I had to attribute where he is at in his development, I would describe him as being in the ‘early Kyle Walker’ stage.
‘Better described as: ‘relying on his pace’, Aarons has the benefit of being able to recover incredibly quickly if he makes a mistake.
‘It’s not always the case, but pace usually fades. Walker anticipated this and worked religiously on the technical aspects of defending.
‘Luckily for him, his speed has not yet let up, and he has now emerged as one of the world’s best right-backs. You can see similarities in Aarons.’
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