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Max Aarons from Norwich is about to make his 150th career appearance at the age of 22

Max Aarons, coached by Rio Ferdinand and played more minutes than Reece James at the same age, looks set to have a great future ahead of Norwich City’s Max Aarons as he prepares for his 150th appearance of his career against Everton.

  • Max Aarons is accompanied by six-time Premier League winner Rio Ferdinand
  • He has established himself in Norwich’s first-team since his debut in 2018
  • The 22-year-old has played more minutes than Reece James at the same age
  • He’s about to make his 150th senior appearance against Everton on Saturday











Personally guided by Rio Ferdinand and arousing the interest of Diego Simeone, fullback Max Aarons is a man who goes everywhere.

The Norwich City defender will make his 150th senior appearance today when his side welcome Everton. The landmark is an achievement in itself, but even more so considering its age.

Aarons turned just 22 earlier this month, but his already considerable experience defies his young age.

Max Aarons (L) challenged Marcus Rashford when Norwich took on Man United last month

Max Aarons (L) challenged Marcus Rashford when Norwich took on Man United last month

Aarons is personally coached by former Man United and England defender Rio Ferdinand

Aarons is personally coached by former Man United and England defender Rio Ferdinand

Aarons, who entered the Canary Islands first team at the age of 18, had to quickly get used to senior football.

Since his debut in an EFL Cup tie against Stevenage in August 2018, the defender has been virtually ever-present in Norwich.

Indeed, his appearance stats compare favorably with players under the age of 22 in the top leagues of European football.

Of the 819 under-22 players, Aarons is fourth for career minutes, behind PSG keeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, Nantes shot-stopper Alban Lafont and Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt.

Aarons has played more minutes of senior football than fellow fullback Reece James (above)

Aarons has played more minutes of senior football than fellow fullback Reece James (above)

Even more impressive, Aarons is the first for minutes in the career of a fullback in the same age group – ahead of the likes of Reece James and Emerson Royal.

It is, of course, unlikely that Aarons will be on Carrow Road forever. If he leaves Norwich for a bigger club, he may find it difficult to get first-team football.

If, as is likely, the Canaries return to the championship immediately this season, Aarons will be a target for a large number of Premier League clubs.

A number of European teams are also closely monitoring; Atletico Madrid, led by Simeone, believe Aarons could succeed Kieran Trippier as a right-back.

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is considered an admirer of Aarons skills

Atletico Madrid manager Diego Simeone is considered an admirer of Aarons skills

While Borussia Dortmund, who have a legacy of nurturing young English talent, are also interested.

When Aarons eventually has to flee the Canary nest, he has Ferdinand on speed dial to guide him through the transition.

The pair are part of the same agency, New Era Global, and Ferdinand is known to take a hands-on approach to developing his young talent.

Aarons career is certainly in safe hands as he prepares for his 150th game.

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