Aaron Wan-Bissaka’s struggle for form continues to be a sore spot for Manchester United. The £50 million right-back continues to hamper United’s attacking game, with his deficiencies highlighted by not having a winger in front of him.
United need more from a right-back than Wan-Bissaka is currently providing, even if his defensive work is largely good, despite one or two missteps this season.
So it is not surprising at all to see United linked with another talented right-back.
Aarons has been on United’s radar previously. Sky Sports reported in 2019 how the Norwich right-back was the back-up options to Wan-Bissaka as negotiations with Palace dragged on.
Aarons has continued to impress despite Norwich getting relegated. Talented young teammate Ben Godfrey landed a move to Everton, but Norwich hung onto Aarons.
This was not due to a lack of interest. The Guardian reported in the summer how Barcelona made an approach, but no agreement was struck. The Mail reported a year ago how Norwich valued Aarons at £30 million amid interest from Arsenal, Tottenham, West Ham, and Everton.
United may have the money to meet this fee, although Norwich would be understandably reluctant to lose him. Currently they sit top of the Championship after 22 games.
Aarons has played in all 22 of these matches, providing one assist. It is not a high return, yet it is worth noting he averages 1.3 key passes per game in comparison to Wan-Bissaka’s 0.4.
He also completes an average of 1.3 successful dribbles per game in comparison to Wan-Bissaka’s 0.7.
The Norwich defender is three years younger than Wan-Bissaka, at 20, and it is very possible United use this window to capitalise on an opportunity to add depth at the position.
The addition of Alex Telles has helped Luke Shaw raise his game, and Aarons could push Wan-Bissaka on too. It is not surprising to see United linked with going for him again, which says a lot bout Wan-Bissaka’s recent performances as much as it does Aarons.
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