Pundit claims Spurs-linked right-back is not a step up on Doherty and Emerson

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Paul Robinson has questioned whether Norwich City right-back Max Aarons, who is rumoured to be on Tottenham’s radar, is good enough to improve the Lilywhites’ starting eleven.

Tottenham are expected to be in the market for a right wing-back this summer, with multiple publications claiming over recent months (The Evening Standard and The Sun) that the North London club are looking to cash in on Emerson Royal.

Aarons was reported to be on Spurs’ radar during last summer’s transfer window (Sky Sports) and during January (Calciomercato.it) but the 22-year-old stayed put at Carrow Road on both occasions.

The Telegraph reported this week that the England Under-21 international is expected to leave the Canaries this summer following their relegation from the top flight as Dean Smith tries to reshape his squad.

However, Robinson is not convinced that Aarons is of the quality Spurs need for the right wing-back role, insisting that the Norwich man is not better than the players already at N17.

When asked if Aarons would be a welcome addition for Tottenham, the former Spurs number one told Football Insider: “Not for me. Aarons has been in and out of form this season.

“Would he be an improvement on what Spurs have already got? I don’t think that he would be. They have some quality in that area.

“Conte wants to play a system where the wing-backs have an important role. If Conte wants to improve that position then I think he has to look elsewhere.

“I think Spurs already have players who are as good as Aarons in that area.”

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Aarons’ stock has dropped considerably over the last 12 months or so but that may not be a bad thing for interested clubs as it could mean that he is now undervalued.

However, it is worth noting that the speculation linking Spurs with a move for Aarons has died down recently, with the likes of Djed Spence (Sun) and Wilfried Singo (Tuttosport) being more heavily linked.

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