Tottenham manager, Jose Mourinho in the long run at the club has learnt his transfer lessons from the tie between Arsenal and Norwich, which saw the gunner climbed to seventh on the league table.

For Mourinho and more eagle-eyed Spurs supporters, they may have been interested to see how reported transfer target Max Aarons performed at right-back.

The youngster has been impressive in an otherwise struggling Norwich side this season and he could well be on the move in the next transfer window if the Canaries are relegated.

For Aarons, a tough defensive task against the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Kieran Tierney down Norwich’s right gave him the perfect chance to prove why he could address the defensive issues Spurs have had at right-back.

While Serge Aurier has progressed into a viable option at right-back this season for Mourinho, a lack of security at the back has also created an imbalance between defence and attack down the right.

Therefore, the 20-year-old could be viewed as a long-term option for Spurs to invest in when you consider that this has been his first full season in the Premier League.

In the first 20 minutes against Arsenal, Aarons and his Norwich teammates did well to hang in against a threatening attacking line-up that caused a number of issues early on.

However, it was Daniel Farke’s side who went closest to opening the scoring with a long-range effort from Ben Godrey hitting the woodwork.

Aarons had the difficult task of trying to deal Aubameyang down the left but the Gabonese forward opened the scoring without having to force a mistake out of the right-back.

Instead, the Arsenal forward capitalised on an error from Tim Krul which was an unfortunate way for the Canaries’ hard defensive work to be undone.

Xhaka made it two shortly after with a carefully constructed overload on the left to give Aarons real issues before the Swiss international finished off a slick move to essentially put the game beyond Norwich.

For all of Aarons’ quality at right-back, judging his defensive attributes against Aubameyang and Tierney may be slightly short-sighted when you consider the conditions in which he is operating.

The 20-year-old was presented with the recurring issue of picking up both left-sided players who frequently interchanged to create chances.


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