Max Aarons has impressed for Norwich this season
Max Aarons was 14 years old when he took the bold decision to leave boyhood club Luton Town in search of bigger things. He did not have his next move lined up, but he had plenty of ambition and he had ability too.
It would eventually lead him to Norwich City, where he has since emerged as one of the most exciting young full-backs in the Premier League and a transfer target for Tottenham, Arsenal and others. What he didn’t know at the time, however, was that he would spend the next two years in limbo.
During a pivotal period in a player’s development, a period during which his contemporaries were honing their craft in professional academies, Aarons did not even have a club. He did have trials – some with sides now chasing his signature – but Tottenham said no and so too did Chelsea and QPR.
Instead, Aarons travelled from his family home in Milton Keynes to a Powerleague facility in north London several times per week for one-on-one, after-school training sessions with Saul Isaksson-Hurst, a personal coaching specialist known to his father, Mike, with a decade of experience as a youth coach at Tottenham and Chelsea.
Aarons was linked with Manchester United last summer
“You wouldn’t describe it as a normal pathway or even a recommended pathway for any player, but it worked for him,” Isaksson-Hurst tells Sky Sports. “His dad tells me that when Max joined Norwich and he told people in the academy that he hadn’t had a club for two years, they couldn’t work it out or make sense of it.”
It was certainly not for a lack of talent.
At Luton, a club with a…