Aarons believes City have lost their element of surprise in the Championship

Max Aarons keeps a tight leash on Millwall left-back Scott Malone during Norwich City's 0-0 home dra

Max Aarons keeps a tight leash on Millwall left-back Scott Malone during Norwich City's 0-0 home draw on Tuesday night Picture: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images - Credit: Paul Chesterton/Focus Images Ltd

Max Aarons believes patience will be a crucial ingredient if Norwich City are to succeed in the Championship this season, as teams try their best to thwart Daniel Farke’s attacking style.

The Canaries have already seen that in their opening 10 games, particularly at home, with the 0-0 draw with Millwall on Tuesday the latest example of teams being wary of City’s threat.

However, despite those frustrations, Farke’s team are unbeaten in six games and firmly in the top six mix.

“Two years ago people didn’t know who I was, they didn’t know who Emi (Buendia) was, and a lot of teams didn’t know what kind of team we were, so we were able to catch them by surprise,” said Aarons.

“However, now they have watched us in the Premier League and we played the same way as we did in the Championship, with an attacking and possession based set up.

“It’s tough and sometimes it is hard to break down, but we believe in what we do and I know we have the quality. The way we move the ball will always hurt teams no matter how they set up.”

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The 20-year-old has played every minute of City’s season so far and is approaching his century in yellow and green, after making his 93rd appearance in midweek.

His reputation continues to grow after interest from Spanish giants Barcelona in the summer and the England Under-21 international has big ambitions. He won his ninth cap for the Young Lions recently and spoke to U21s boss Aidy Boothroyd about the strength of England’s right-back options.

“If you see competition as something that will hold you back, then it will always hold you back,” Aarons continued, speaking to City’s official OTBC matchday programme.

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“I try to look at it as a way to try and keep my performances consistent and keep improving as a player.

“I believe that I can nail down that spot at some point in the senior squad. I’m still young but if I keep playing well, performing and kicking on, then I think I can be in that set up.

“We had a good chat - me and Aidy - about the positives and what I bring to the team and the things that, when I’m back at Norwich, I should be working on. It’s good to hear it from his point of view, he’s given me a lot of confidence.”

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