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Tottenham Hotspur fans should check out reported summer target Max Aarons in action for Norwich City on Saturday, following a truly awful week for Serge Aurier.
The departure of Kieran Trippier during the previous transfer window left Kyle Walker-Peters and Aurier as the specialist right-backs fighting for a spot in the starting XI in north London, with the former getting the nod at the beginning of the campaign.
However, the 22-year-old picked up an injury against Newcastle United which eventually led to a chance for the Ivory Coast international, and he shone in the 4-0 win against Crystal Palace at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium.
The African has never managed to hold down a regular spot on Mauricio Pochettino’s team-sheets since arriving in the summer of 2017, mainly due to some erratic displays which included a red card on his first Premier League start against West Ham United.
Perhaps the outing against the Eagles was a turning point, then?
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Wrong. The 26-year-old was back to his old self against Southampton last weekend, with two silly quick-fire first half bookings leading to his dismissal, with Spurs left to fend with 10 men for around an hour.
He was given a shot at redemption with a start against Bayern Munich during the week, but he failed to take it in the 7-2 thrashing as he picked up a shocking 2/10 rating from Football London, while Aurier was unlucky not to see red for a really poor challenge on David Alaba.
As things stand it is difficult to see him ever re-establishing himself as a first-team regular at Tottenham, which means the club may have to start the search for a replacement.
Aarons was someone who caught their eye during the summer, although they were said to be unwilling to pay his £20m-plus asking price – the 19-year-old later signed a new five-year contract at Carrow Road.
Aside from missing two games through injury, the teenager has played every minute of their Premier League campaign to date, and he has impressed given his tender years.
According to WhoScored, he has shown his defensive nous by averaging 2 tackles, 0.4 interceptions and 2.2 clearances per game, while from an attacking sense he has averaged 0.4 key passes and an impressive 1.8 dribbles, showing his ability to get forward successfully.
Norwich play host to Aston Villa on Saturday, and Tottenham fans should be keeping a close eye on a player who could potentially end their Aurier nightmare at some point in the future.