If you believe some of the news recently then Newcastle are trying to get 19 year-old Arsenal whiz kid forward Serge Gnabry on loan for next season, and while he looks to already be a very good player – if he joined Newcastle that would prevent some of our top youngsters from getting games next season, and one of them is Rolando Aarons, who seems to be impressing manager Alan Pardew in New Zealand.
Rolando Aarons – impressive in pre-season
Newcastle manager Alan Pardew has been interviewed in the Shields Gazette today, and he talked about the young 18 year-old winger, who joined Newcastle from Bristol City two years ago, and who was born in Kingston, Jamaica:
“Rolando’s the sort of player the fans will love – he’s obviously very quick,” “He plays left side and gets crosses in, which is something we haven’t got in the group. He enjoys playing that role.”
“We’ve had a couple of left-footed players who don’t actually like playing that side, but he has the pace to trouble any full-back.” “We’re hoping that he progresses.”
“He’s still got a lot to do to be a Premier League player, but he’s working hard. He’s impressed me.” “It was nice to see Rolando play so well – he’s pushing – and he and the new boys have added to our technical ability,”
“I’ve been here four years now and worked hard on this group – Lubo (Lubo Satka), Arma (Adam Armstrong), Rolando and Freddie Woodman – and all four of those are progressing well.
“How much they’ll feature next season, we’ll wait and see.” “But I would say Rolando’s just heading that group in terms of a first-team option.”
The 18 year-old has some pace out on the wing, and he will see more playing time against Wellington Phoenix in our final game of the New Zealand tour tomorrow
This is what the youngster has said:
“This is where it starts, and I need to get my head down,” “The hard work starts now. I feel like I’m stronger, faster and fitter, and I’ve benefited from the work I’ve been doing with the fitness coaches here.”
“It seems as though the gaffer is really interested in bringing young players through, so it gives you hope that you’ll get a chance if you keep doing well.”
One thing Alan Pardew needs to prove next season is that he can help bring some of out top youngsters through to the first team, which we haven’t really been able to do since Mike Ashley bought the club seven years ago.
We are hoping Rolando can be one of those players – and that he can come through big time for us next season – that would be great.
What do you think?
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