19-year-old Max Aarons is attracting interest from the very highest levels of the English game, with Spurs leading a race that includes Chelsea and Arsenal according to the Daily Mirror.
The right back has been in exciting form this season after breaking into the Norwich first team and will surely be the subject of intense speculation once the season comes to an end.
For a young man only just making his way in the world it could be a challenging time, but Aarons will surely only be focused on what is happening at Norwich.
There’s so many pitfalls he could tumble into that would bring his reputation and promise crashing down, so as long as he has good advice he’s not going to be reading the papers too much.
Firstly, he’s a cousin of Newcastle star Rolando Aarons who has just signed on loan with Sheffield Wednesday. He’s 23-years-old and has experience over and above that of Max so he will be able to offer advice from a family perspective as well.
Rolando bagged two goals in 14 Premier League outings for Newcastle, but has made just eight appearances for them in the last three years.
He can warn of the dangers of the explosive early start and the ease with which a good reputation can fall to one side if your focus wanes.
That’s the main worry with Max Aarons.
If he were to have his head turned, his performances could soon drop off and that would mean those headline clubs would be looking elsewhere. With good coaching and good advice, he’ll just want to be helping Norwich push up the table.
Their Premier League assault is something a young player would love to be involved in and if Aarons could get a Championship title on his CV before his 20th birthday, it would only serve to underline his potential.
Whilst the papers can talk about big clubs and huge fees, the young man at the centre of it will just be sure to maintain the form that has seen him become one of the most exciting players in the land.
Less than a year ago Aarons was playing Under-23 football looking to break through, but a whirlwind season has suddenly seen him elevated to the levels we saw Ryan Sessegnon reach last season. He doesn’t have the goals of the Fulham man, but that experience is another he should pay close attention to.
Sessegnon was set to become a huge star, but he’s let his guard down this season and seen interest dry up.
Then there’s the experiences of Jacob and Josh Murphy as well as James Maddison. They all kept themselves on track at Norwich and earned big moves on the back of it.
There’s examples all around for Max Aarons to follow and that’s why he’ll only be focused on helping Norwich to the Premier League.