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Norwich City Full-Back Fancies A Move To Barcelona: Why Koeman Needs To Get Him On Board?

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Abhinab Ghosh
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In a recent report, Sport has stated that Norwich City full-back Max Aarons fancies a move to Barcelona. It is understood that the English defender has already met with Ronald Koeman in Liverpool recently and is eyeing a potential loan switch to the Nou Camp before the transfer deadline next month (via Sport).

Aarons’ Rapid Rise At Carrow Road

Aarons was subject of high praise last season when he produced a string of eye-catching performances on the right side of Daniel Farke’s defence. The promising right-back made 40 appearances for the Norfolk outfit in the previous campaign, securing two assists and picking up seven yellow cards on all fronts.

The 20-year-old has improved himself considerably over the past year and deserves a pat on the back for averaging 1.3 tackles, 1.0 interceptions, 2.0 clearances, 0.6 key passes and 1.3 dribbles per match in the Premier League. He was relatively accurate with his ball-distribution after completing  78.9% of his attempted passes in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

However, Aarons had to go through the heartache of being relegated with the Canaries, so it makes sense for him to seek a move away from Carrow Road in search of regular football at the highest level.

Max Aarons fancies a move to Barcelona (Aarons is in action in the picture)
Max Aarons of Norwich City reacts following the Premier League match between Norwich City and Burnley FC at Carrow Road on July 18, 2020 in Norwich, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Molly Darlington/Pool via Getty Images)

What Will The English Defensive Ace Add To Koeman’s Team?

Aarons can keep things solid at the back by working hard to win the possession for his team. He can also remain calm under pressure and is not shy of clearing his lines when required. The English talent is a bright, agile and energetic right-back who loves to go on driving runs down the right flank. However, the Norwich whizkid is still quite raw and would need time to be a consistent performer at the top level.

Why Barca Need To Get Aarons On Board?

With Nelson Semedo deciding to join Wolverhampton Wanderers this summer, Koeman is in a race against time to bring in a new right-back before the transfer window slams shut in October. Hence, Aarons would be a decent, emergency signing for them as he has the potential to become a household name in European football someday.

The English starlet will bring a lot of pace and variety to the Nou Camp even if it is on a loan deal without the possibility of a permanent transfer in the future. He will bolster the overall depth of Koeman’s squad and will boost their chances of success in the 2020-21 La Liga campaign. However, Aarons can expect to face stiff competition from Sergi Roberto in the race to secure a regular right-back spot at Catalonia. All in all, the Spanish giants can benefit from bringing the Norwich right-back on board this summer.

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