Canaries starlet looking forward to family reunion at Carrow Road
Among the many big games approaching for Norwich City during the final weeks of the season, one stands out for young star Max Aarons.
The 19-year-old is nominated for the EFL Young Player of the Season award and has been named in the Championship Team of the Season, alongside City team-mates Teemu Pukki and Jamal Lewis.
And as part of his breakthrough season, the right-back is set to face his cousin at Carrow Road on Good Friday, Rolando Aarons, who is currently on loan at Sheffield Wednesday from Newcastle.
“Obviously he’s played in the Premier League for Newcastle and he asked me what it’s like in the Championship and stuff like that,” the England U19 international said of the 23-year-old winger.
“I told him it’s tough, three games a week, a lot of the time it’s hard but I said he’d really enjoy it because he loves playing football.
“Then he gave me a little tweet just saying ‘to bring my shin-pads’ or something like that, as obviously we’ve got them soon!
“He’s from Bristol, which was a bit of a way away from me (in Milton Keynes), and he moved to Newcastle, so I haven’t seen him loads in the last few years but I am really close with him.”
It’s all part of a superb campaign for the Canaries starlet since head coach Daniel Farke gave him his debut in August – and Aarons says the German’s favoured attacking style suits his game perfectly.
“You could say with a few of us in the team that if it was a different manager, you would see a different style,” he continued. “It’s good that his style fits with a lot of the players in our team’s style.
“It’s working with the manager’s thoughts and we can put it out on the pitch with what he wants us to do. So it’s really good to be able to do what he says.”
The full-back says Farke has also created an ideal environment in the dressing room as well, with youngsters and experienced professionals mixing keenly with overseas imports.
He added: “Even from pre-season, when we didn’t know where we were going to end up in the league, we had a great changing room and a great mix of young players and senior players, English and foreign players, we’ve got a really good bond and everyone gets along.
“There’s no groups of cliques, it’s just a really good group that gets on and wants to work hard.”