An upbeat and delighted Alan Pardew after the win over Schalke today, said the highlight of pre-season has been the form of 18 year-old Rolando Aarons who was terrific again today, and made the first goal and scored the second in Newcastle’s 3-1 win.
Rolando Aarons – the highlight of pre-season
Newcastle announced their seventh signing of the season before the game, when Argentine striker Facundo Ferreyra from Shakhtar Donetsk was brought in on a season long loan deal, and he came on as a sub in the second half against Schalke.
And Alan Pardew has said Newcastle will watch the transfer window until the very end, to see if there are any more good deals to be made:
““We’ve always maintained that we will watch the window until the last hours.¨ We’ve done some terrific business and I think it must be exciting for Newcastle fans that we’ve got some terrific, offensive players.”
“I feel much more comfortable with the team and we can play a brand of football which is expected of us.¨” “I think we could really trouble teams this season, which is something we didn’t do in the second half of last season.”
“The real highlight of pre-season has been Rolando, and he was terrific again.¨ “It’s nice to see a young player really pushing and I thought he caused real problems for Schalke – long may that continue.”
Fabricio Coloccini is well aware of Ferreyra and he had a big influence in Argentina.¨ “He went to Ukraine but didn’t get many chances. He’ll get more chances with us.¨
“We think he is a player who will grow and we have the option to take him on a permanent basis.¨ “We believe he will show the form from Argentina in the Premier League with us.”
Rolando looked great today, and Newcastle may well have uncovered a gem in their U21 side, and there may be one or two more in the U21 squad, in addition to Aarons.
We hope so.
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