Everton are set to make their mark on the transfer window in January, but beyond that, Rafa Benitez will be looking to add quality and fresh legs into many areas of the team in a vision of long term progression for the Toffees.
Although Seamus Coleman has made it clear he has no intention of retiring from Ireland or Everton, the defender is now 33-years-old, and Benitez will be keen to find the heir to the Irish player’s defensive dominance and presence in the team as he plays less competitive football in the years to come.
The England U21’s player has had a number of clubs interested in stealing his signature, including Merseyside rivals, Liverpool.
Former Norwich manager, Daniel Farke, who gave the 21-year-old his senior debut in the Championship, has only ever had praise for the “special” youngster, speaking before Aarons’ 100th appearance for Norwich;
“Max is outstanding in many topics. I can’t praise him enough for what he has done since his first appearance,”
“When you have the clubs interested in him who were interested it is easy to lose the ground under the feet.
“He is always looking to work harder. Never ill, never injured. If the best clubs in the world are interested then maybe there is not that much more space to improve.”
Aarons has bags of potential and is arguably by far, the best full-back at Norwich City with 1.5 tackles per game, a tally only two defenders can better at Carrow Road. A tally of 1.3 dribbles a match, meanwhile, demonstrates how he could replace Coleman from an attacking point of view.
Dean Smith will surely have the opportunity to get the best out of the young talent, before the inevitable call from a more secure and established Premier League is made for the right back.
Benitez could find a solution to a long term problem of replacing Everton royalty, Coleman, should the Irishman decide to retire, and Aarons could certainly learn a lot from the experienced right back, who has been a faithful servant to the club for over a decade.
Everton face Manchester City at the weekend and will be hoping to improve upon their inconsistencies displayed in the Premier League so far. They will do so, of course, with their Irish defender still in the side.