England U21 ace pleased with ‘big improvement’ since City’s promotion

PUBLISHED: 06:00 18 December 2019 | UPDATED: 10:52 18 December 2019

Max Aarons' early cross for Norwich City was so nearly turned into a goal by Teemu Pukki at Leicester Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Max Aarons' early cross for Norwich City was so nearly turned into a goal by Teemu Pukki at Leicester Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images

Paul Chesterton

Learning on the job may be a brutal experience in the Premier League but Max Aarons believes his game has already improved since earning promotion with Norwich City.

The right-back enjoyed a remarkable rise to prominence in the Championship last season and now has five England U21 caps to his name, starting 15 of City's 17 games in the top flight so far.

"It definitely is a dream," Aarons said after an impressive 1-1 draw at Leicester. "I'm using every game as great experience for me, to be 19 and playing regularly in the Premier League, week in, week out and getting these appearances under my belt.

"To play against players against Jamie Vardy, players like that, it's just great for me moving forward and me learning the game, playing against the best players.

"From the first game of the season to now, I've definitely noticed a big improvement in my game, which is what I want to keep doing, to test myself at the highest level."

That draw continued an upturn in performances recently which has been ruined by sloppy spells during 2-1 defeats to Sheffield United and Southampton. Aarons is hopeful the foundations have been laid for a more consistent accumulation of points now though, as Daniel Farke's team battle against relegation.

He continued: "I've said this to a few of the boys, that the way we're playing at the moment, the way we're having to raise our game - we would have won comfortably in the Championship.

"Every game in this league you have to be bang on it, 100 percent, as we saw last week (against Sheffield United), which was really disappointing, that we were a little bit off it in the second half.

"But we know now to get anything from games, to get points, we have to be bang on it to show that we are a good side."

Next up is another tough proposition in Wolves on Saturday, who have reached the Europa League last 32 and saw an 11 game unbeaten run end with a 2-1 loss to Tottenham on Sunday.

"Another really strong side, they won last week in the Europa League (thrashing Besiktas 4-0), we know what they're about," Aarons added. "If we work on the little tweaks that we need to, but put in a performance like we did (at Leicester), then I'm sure we'll be okay."

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