Former Tottenham goalkeeper Paul Robinson says the club could send Max Aarons back out on loan if they sign the right-back from Norwich City.
It was reported over the weekend that Spurs have been monitoring Aarons in recent weeks, having reportedly scouted the 21-year-old during the Canaries’ recent win over Bristol City.
However, it seems Robinson is not convinced that Aarons would get anywhere near the Spurs first-team, were he to make the move to the North London club in what remains of the January transfer window.
Speaking to Football Insider about that reported interest in Aarons from Spurs, the ex-England international said: “Tottenham have always signed young players with great potential. Max Aarons is 21 but he is not going to want to come to Spurs and not play.
“He has been linked with a move to Spurs for a long time now but things have changed. Serge Aurier has improved hugely this season, he has been a lot better under Jose and Matt Doherty’s arrival has given him the wake up call that he needed.”
As a result, it seems Robinson believes that if Aarons was to join Tottenham anytime soon, he could swiftly be leaving the club again on a temporary basis, with the 41-year-old adding: “I cannot see Aarons getting any game time. Where would he play? Doherty and Aurier would play ahead of him.
“He could be signed and loaned back out as a potential one for the future. Spurs have done that type of deal in the past and they are likely to again. Daniel (Levy) likes doing deals like that.”
A graduate of Norwich’s academy, Aarons has made a total of 110 appearances in all competitions for the Canaries – including 36 in the Premier League last season – and has three-and-a-half years remaining on his current contract at Carrow Road.
I do understand the point that Robinson is making here with regards to this interest from Spurs in Aarons.
The 21-year-old is undoubtedly a very good player, with plenty of potential to improve further, meaning Spurs may want to secure his services now before another big Premier League club beats them to it.
However, it is hard to see Aarons forcing his way straight into Jose Mourinho’s starting XI were he to make the move to North London, meaning a loan move to ensure he continues to enjoy regular game time before making the step into the starting lineup.
Indeed, you do feel as though Norwich would be more than happy to have Aarons back on loan if Spurs make them an offer they can’t refuse for the defender, given the importance he has held to their push for promotion straight back to the Premier League this season.