Newcastle have seen a lot of good Newcastle youngsters fall by the wayside for one reason or another over the last seven years or so but one 18 year-old has emerged over pre-season who seems to have both the skills and the attitude to become a successful player at Newcastle.
Rolando Aarons – young Newcastle star winger
Rolando Aarons has impressed at Newcastle ever since he arrived two years ago from Bristol City, and has had an excellent pre-season for Newcastle on the left wing.
We’d like to see Rolando get a run in the first team at the beginning of the season, but Newcastle’s squad is now a lot stronger than last season, and he may have to wait until he gets his chance, but surely he will make the bench for the Manchester City game.
Rolando has vowed to work hard:
“It is up to the manager, but I’m going to try and make his decision as difficult as possible, it’s my job really.”
“I’m no one yet. It is just pre-season and I haven’t done anything in big games, so I’m just going to keep my head down and work hard.”
“I’m hoping to get involved in a first team this season and make an impact.” “Before every game I pray to not be injured and just go out and be guided to a performance.”
“I worked so hard off-season. I wasn’t expecting to be pushing for the first team, so I’m surprised.”
“But I’m happy with what I did off-season – it gave me the opportunity to do what I’m doing here.”
We’ve had too many youngsters in the past who had a few good games and then thought they’d made it at Newcastle, but a football career is more like a marathon than a sprint, and it’s important for these youngsters to keep their heads down and work hard.
Rolando says he will do that.
There are far too many youngsters these days who get carried away with their own headlines, and the big money they get so early in their careers doesn’t help much either.
But Rolando seems to have the right attitude, and he has every chance of making it at Newcastle – we hope he does.
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