If anything with Aaron, he was almost a pleasant surprise for us. We could see in his training the abilities he has, but you don't know how it will work out until you put him in games against quality opposition.
The fact that Wayne Routledge - who played most of the pre-season games - got injured in the first game of the season against Portsmouth, meant an early opportunity for Aaron.
It was an early boost for him to be in the frame so soon into the season and his progress has been fantastic. It is down to him and his work on the training pitch, but also the opportunity that came his way.
I think he has grown in strength and character in the games he has played. He has found he is making a name for himself and defenders want to mark him that bit tighter and what he has displayed is that he has got some answers for that.
Going into next season will be different for him, especially after his inclusion in the World Cup squad, and everyone is very much aware of him now.
He will have to be every bit as good and have to work as hard as he did last season. He has made fantastic progress though.
Chris Hughton offers his end of season views on the performances and progress of the first team squad...