One of the highlights of pre-season at Newcastle has been the form and attitude of our 18 year-old left winger Rolando Aarons, and he was the Man of the Match last Sunday in Germany against Schalke, when he made the first goal and scored the second, and seemed to have the beating of his full-back – almost every time.
Rolando Aarons – after scoring against Schalke
Apparently Alan Pardew and John Carver have been surprised – even shocked – by the physical development of the 18 year-old over the summer, and he has already said he worked very hard over the summer on his fitness and strength, but Rolando is still surprised that he now seems to be part of the first team squad.
As far as we are concerned, he’s earned a place on the left wing against Manchester City a week on Sunday.
And he reminds us of Liverpool’s young star Raheem Sterling, and both were born in Kingston Jamaica, and both are quick with have very good close control skills on the ball, and Raheem is about 11 months older than Rolando.
This is what Alan Pardew has said about Rolando this week:
“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.”
“Perhaps the real highlight, if I’m honest, of pre-season so far has been Rolando. He was again terrific and it’s nice to see a young player really pushing.”
“I thought he was a real problem today for Schalke and may that continue in terms of his progression.” “Did he mean the goal? He says he did. He looked me straight in the eye and said he did.”
We will see how committed to the Newcastle youngsters Alan Pardew is this season, and we would love to see Rolando start against Real Sociedad on Sunday, and if he continues playing well – then why wouldn’t Alan Pardew start the winger against Manchester City in our first league game?
There comes a time when you have to give the youngsters their chance, especially when they have earned it – as Rolando has – and he also has said he plans to keep his head down and work really hard this season.
He’s earned his big chance at Newcastle because of his work in the summer to build himself up and become extra fit – and also with his very good performances for Newcastle United in pre-season.
Give the lad a chance.
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