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Max Aarons: It's been a crazy period but I'm not sitting tight

23 November 2018

Norwich City full-back Max Aarons has described his season to date as "crazy" but he's keen not to rest on his laurels.

The City youngster made his debut for the Canaries in the East Anglian derby at Portman Road on September 2 and has since consolidated his place as Daniel Farke's first choice right-back.

Aarons' rise from FA Youth Cup starter just eight months ago to now being one of the best young stars in the Sky Bet Championship has earned rave reviews from supporters and pundits alike but the 18-year-old knows he cannot take his position for granted.

"Sometimes I have to sit back and think it’s crazy what I’m doing at the minute," Aarons admitted.

"But my aim is just to keep it going and play as well as I can each week. I just want to keep improving.

"It’s hard at the moment. I haven’t been able to get much rest in at the moment with the games and then going away with England.

"But it’s what I want to do. It’s why you play football. I love the fact the games come thick and fast and I’m really enjoying it."

Aarons arrived back from international duty on Wednesday night after a successful week away with England's Under-19s. 

The Young Lions made it through to the Elite Round of UEFA EURO 2019 qualifying after finishing second in their Qualifying Round group. 

Aarons featured in the 3-1 victory over Iceland - their second of three qualifying games - meaning he earned the bragging rights over fellow Canaries Atli Barkarson and Isak Thorvaldsson.

"I told them that we were going to beat them before and after the win, I gave them a bit more stick," he joked.

"England is really exciting to be a part of. There is so much excitement around the place since the World Cup and everyone there is very motivated and keen to continue achieving good things."

Aarons says everyone within the England setup, right from the younger age groups to the seniors, is pulling in the same direction: "The style [we play] is very much like the England senior team as well. When we all join up, we watch videos of them and look at how they try to play.

"We get told to play in a similar way. It’s crazy to think that some of the senior guys were playing for the Under-19s, like me, a few years ago. It’s a huge inspiration to see them walking around St. George’s Park when I’m there."

After the euphoria of City's previous match, the dramatic 4-3 victory over Millwall two weeks ago, Aarons believe he and his teammates will take huge confidence and belief into their clash with Swansea City this Saturday (3pm).

"I couldn’t find my head after the Millwall game. It was all over the place. We were in the lead, losing, and then won so late. I won’t forget it for a while.

"We have such a great never-say-die attitude. If we go behind, we still feel like we can win games which is really good and you know you’re so tight as a team when you can turn games around.

"Obviously they [Swansea] came down from the Premier League last season, so we know how tough it’s going to be. They have Premier League proven players in their team so we’ll have to be at our best, which we believe we can be.

"The way we are playing at the moment, we can only go there full of confidence."


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