It has not been surprising to see Tottenham Hotspur being linked with a number of right-backs this summer considering the North Londoners are short of options in the position.
While Serge Aurier has arguably improved considerably since the arrival of Jose Mourinho, Spurs do not have another natural right-back option in the squad with Kyle Walker-Peters currently on loan at Southampton.
One player who has repeatedly been mentioned as a target for the Lilywhites is Norwich City defender Max Aarons (Foot Mercato), who is enjoying a solid first season in the Premier League.
Football.London’s Graham Ruthven has analysed Aarons’ performance in Norwich’s first game back against Southampton and concluded that the 20-year-old might be a perfect fit for the system Jose Mourinho employs at Spurs.
Despite the Canaries losing the game 3-0, Ruthven notes that Aarons was one of the home side’s best attacking outlets through the game.
He revealed that the right-back was used extremely high up the pitch, almost being employed as a winger when Norwich had the ball.
While Ruthven credits Aarons for his attacking play, he did note that the youngster left Ben Godfrey at right-sided centre-back a bit exposed when Southampton won the ball back high up the pitch.
However, the journalist claims that the Norwich right-back played a similar role to the one Aurier does in Tottenham’s system, which switches from a back four to back three when Mourinho’s men have the ball.
He insisted that Aarons would be a like-for-like replacement for the Ivory Coast international and someone Tottenham are likely to go after this summer as he would be a good fit for their system.
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I agree with Graham Ruthven that Aarons would be the one we should go for if we want someone who can perform a similar role to that of Aurier. However, for the sake of the squad’s balance, Mourinho might want to bring in a right-back who is more defensively sound to give him more options. If that was the case, a move for someone like Nathan Ferguson or Timothy Castagne would make more sense than going after Aarons.
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