An Emerging Young Star At Newcastle

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.

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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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21 comments so far

  • Markaccus

    Jul 25, 2014 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #1


    yeah i think we are agreeing but coming from different angles 

    He would certainly have produced more in an attacking system, but i think he would have needed some of Bennys pies to bulk him up a bit. He was a tad lightweight!

  • Slank

    Jul 25, 2014 at 8:57 AM

    Comment #2


    Marveaux’s problems was that he wasn’t a traditional left winger but more a central midfield player but Cabaye occupied that position and he was head and shoulders above Marveaux in skill, commitment and tenaciousness.

    Whereas Cabaye was not afraid to get ‘stuck in’ Marveaux didn’t or couldn’t. Anita is not too dissimilar to Marveaux in build but he does get ‘stuck in’ even though he often comes off the worst but it is the commitment that is important.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    I’m not so sure pardew is particularly interested in bringing youngsters through, rather Ash has probably told him there is a limited budget so need to start producing more of our own, after Ash, tbf has put a fair chunk in to the academy.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #4


    yeah thats basically it with Jonas. He can relieve the pressure at the back, as long as he doesnt try to pass long range. Bring the ball out, give it to a nearby player who can do something with it. THATS his limits. I can see him either at a promoted club doing that, or he will be back in Argentina.

  • Slank

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:01 AM

    Comment #5

    I wouldn’t have thought Aarons was ahead of Armstrong.

    Perhaps this is Pardew setting off a little competition between the two players.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:02 AM

    Comment #6


    Developing kids probably isn’t a pardew strong point (understatement). Not sure ashley practically forcing him to do it is a good.idea! 😀

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #7

    ToonTiger…I think the biggest attitude problems there has been is Marv probably told Pardue aka Parpuh that he sucks as a coach…and a coach is all that he is 😀

  • expatmag

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #8

    If this kid is good enough, no messing around. Get him in there with the simple instruction of getting oast the full back and putting dangerous crosses in.

    The last home grown left winger i remember worth any value was Chris Waddle and Geoff Allen before him. Both great players

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:04 AM

    Comment #9

    it is very sad about marv, I always remember the bit of skill he did and the pass he made for Ba to score at arsenal. It got me off my seat.

    Guess he’ll always divide opinion much as benny does. That said, all skill and no work ethic gets you nowhere. Not saying all work ethic and no skill does either.

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #10

    what i liked about aarons was that he put in dangerous low crosses that defenders hate, he didn’t just chip it in hopefully.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #11

    Even the best full backs struggle with skillful wingers with raw pace. The best way to make this kid into a prem player is simply to play him! Get him running at the likes of Zabaletta, glen johnson and Debuchey!

  • Sliema

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #12

    I was very impressed with him against Sydney. Actually, despite it being a short stint, Perez looked decent too. One mazy run in particular was pretty exciting.

    I hope that Aaron’s, Arma, Lubo and Perez make some early season appearances. If they don’t go on loan that is.

    If they don’t go on loan, and still don’t get game-time, then they’ll not have a hope in hell of progressing.

  • Markaccus

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #13

    Although Glen Johnson is not in the same league as the other two 😀

  • thepict

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #14

    Why would we be wanting to borrow some of Arsenals kids? Give our own kids a chance. Jackie Milburn advised Bobby Charlton to go to Manchester United because Newcastle never gave their youngsters a chance.

  • beermonkey

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #15


    there is more value for money in bringing them through and selling, no sell on clauses and only relatively small fee in training them

    but it looks like we could have a little core of good players coming through
    with satka Aarons Armstrong
    add that to the likes of bigi good hadiara

    I did enjoy watching Aarons the otherday nice to see balls whipped in from the left not so sure he should start against shalke or Malaga but we should use him as an impact sub and see how he does as it would be a good test for him

  • expatmag

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Exactly. By borrowing, we are only hindering our own hidden gems.

    What is the point of having an academy if you are nit going to take the risk in putting our better kids in

  • firebug666

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #17

    It may be to early for him, but Aarons looks the real deal, The reason I say to early for him is because as we all know the Premier is a lot tougher and he will be up against some great fullbacks.

    When he gets his chance against the Germans, we will be able to judge him better. Easing him into the Premier with a few 15 – 20 minutes as sub against tiring players will boost his confidence, For me he is a star in the making let’s hope he can make it when it counts.

  • Mr Magpie

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #18

    Mornng all
    I would like to see the youngsters involved as if they are good enough they should play some part even if it is cups or off the bench as cover but working with the first team squad will improve them.
    However if the squad increases with more quality first team additions then maybe loan them out for a season of first team experience in the championship.
    Talk of loans for Zaha, Gnabry etc is in my opinion wasting wages by improving other teams youngsters readying them for first team football instead of improving our own players.

  • T.T.V.V.T.

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #19

    A) Marveaux
    After his first season i found myself defending him to work colleagues. Almost promising he would come good. That he had the techical ability to be a success.
    That is still perhaps true but you can’t argue with the performace stats. He just doesnt play. It got to the point where I forgot he was even in the squad. And when that’s the case – what’s the point in him being there.

    Im of the opinion now that for all he was/is a gifted player we are FAR better off utilising his place in the squad with a youngster. I would say in Pardew’s mind he’s replaced Marveaux with Aarons.
    And while there is a huge gulf in basic ability between the two at the minite, it alround terms we aren’t really losing out. If Aarons doesnt play then he’s no worse than Marveaux. If he does play and ends up being a decent find then it’s a bonus. I’m all for it.

    B) Aarons
    I’ve read mixed reviews. He’s young and raw. That stands to reason. But at least he’s quick. At the very least he could be brought on to do a bit of running into the corners in the last ten minutes of a game.
    I think he’s one we need to watch closely. Keep an eye on. I think with the development of young players nowadays its as much about keeping them grounded, keeping their focus and their head in the right place as much as it is giving them plenty of game time.
    If we able to bring him in every now and again and give him a taste of top level football we may find he takes to it nicely. Having said that, i don’t necessarily going along with the widespread view that we should just chuck all these youngsters in.
    I mean; if they were as good as the likes of Rooney, Sterling, Barkley, Owen etc etc then we would have known so already by their work in training/reserves.
    These lads who we have waiting in the wings (of which Aarons is one of) are obviously decent prospects but not at the same level as those young stars like Sterling.

  • N1k

    Jul 25, 2014 at 9:28 AM

    Comment #20

    Pardew has an atrocious record of developing youngsters for the Newcastle first team. We’ve heard him say similar things about Ferguson, Sammy Ameobi and also Lua Lua, Vuckic, Ranger, Tavernier. None seem to have progressed and reached their potential, they just get shipped out on multiple loans.

  • bobby mango

    Jul 25, 2014 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #21

    T.T.V.V.T…. You make a decent point on hearing about the top prospects when they’re real young but it’s not a universal rule. Plenty of players are late bloomers.
    And not all heralded youngsters make it. Chopra springs to mind.


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