With Newcastle United languishing in the relegation zone of the Premier League table with just one win from their opening 15 games of the season with seven draws and seven defeats, it’s safe to say that the Tyneside club are not in the position that their new owners would presumably want them to be.
To rectify their poor start to the campaign, it seems as though they could be looking at bringing a new face into Eddie Howe’s squad that could help them avoid relegation.
With recent reports linking Newcastle with a swoop for Norwich City right-back Max Aarons, this could not only provide Howe with another defensive option to help the side stop conceding goals, but also finally give the club a long-term replacement for former Toon right-back Ryan Taylor who left St. James’ Park back in 2015 after making 106 appearances for them.
As a product of Norwich’s youth academy, Aarons has made a total of 202 appearances for the Canaries across their U18, U23 and senior sides, scoring seven goals and providing 15 assists in all competitions along the way.
This season has seen the 21-year-old, who is currently valued at £19.8m according to Transfermarkt, play the full 90 minutes in each of their 15 league games, highlighting just how important he is to Dean Smith’s side and why the club could be reluctant in allowing him to leave in January, especially to another team attempting to dodge relegation this season.
Labelled as an “outstanding” player by former Norwich manager Daniel Farke, Aarons’ performance for Norwich in their recent 1-1 draw against Newcastle showed just what he’s about as a full-back by managing to make four tackles and one clearance as well as making two key passes, ultimately earning himself an overall match rating of 7/10 according to SofaScore, higher than any of Newcastle’s defenders on the day.
Looking ahead to the upcoming January transfer window, Newcastle should definitely explore the possibility of signing Aarons to see if he would be open to moving on from Norwich to a new challenge at a new club, albeit he’d still be in the midst of a relegation battle if he were to join the Toon.