This Newcastle Youngster Resembles Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling


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.

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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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166 comments so far

  • Beatroll25

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #1

    Re post

    Ian

    So playing for the reserves, training with the kids and getting into shape is a sign of Ben Arfa lacking motivation to remain at the club. What a load of rubbish.

    I would call that responding to criticism. If a player wasn’t motivated would he still play despite being dumped into the U21?s. Would he be bothered to play away to Barnsley for 90 minutes on their training pitch and by all reports be the best player on the pitch by far.

    Or would he kick up a fuss, say he can’t be bothered, go on strike as he has done in the past and do as little as possible?

    I agree he is wasting the best years of his life, he is wasting them under the stewardship of Alan Pardew and deserves a much better manager.

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Well this interview is a week old…

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #3

    I’m not one to court controversy but I think Rolando has got a long way before he can draw comparisons to Raheem Sterling.

    Other than their size, ethnicity and heritage their is nothing to suggest that Rolando is anything like Raheem.

    I hope he is much better than his Liverpudlian counterpart but we will have to leave the comparisons to a future date, once we have seen more of him.

    Also when did it become acceptable to call an 18 year old the next ‘insert player’ when the ‘insert player’ is only 19 himself?

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #4

    T.T.V.V.T…we talk about linguistics on here once – about the similarities between the Scandinavian language and that of the Geordies.

    But I don’t know precise stories. Some of your words does seem to derive from Danish tough 😉 and that Ginger color could well be Danish as well lol

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:46 PM

    Comment #5

    Beatroll
    After all the ranting and raving name calling and attempts to persuade each side of the other sides case, I still think not one person in the slightest understands what is happening between HBA and Pardew
    None of the evidence presented by either side stands up….at all

    We hear HBA is unmotivated lazy disruptive etc
    That based on what we see and snippets of apparent info from sources inside the club
    But if that was the case surely he’d still be out of shape and not bothered turning out for the reserves?
    We hear Pardew is a bully and hates HBA and needs to “put his arm around him” yet throughout his career here with the exception of Jan onwards he has mollycoddled him every step
    He’s hyped him, he’s been protective over injury, despite how it’s attempted to be rewritten ( ie Taylor keeping him out the team even though he was playing LB and HBA was still returning from a horrific leg break which required addition surgery due to complications with the shin resetting), he’s allowed him to organise and travel to his own preferred treatments, mainly at the clarefontaine, all to keep him on side
    But none of it’s really worked, they have seemed to take the complete p1ss out of each other
    HBA continually returning out of shape after each season, each knock and trip home whilst continually opting out of team building exercises

    And then Pardew throwing him back in because he’d promised a return date to the masses not knowing what condition he was in due to allowing him to go AWOL simply because he was up against and Benny was his trump card

    Pardew has built him up so much he’s pinned nearly all our hope on him and it can be perceived that he’s now laying the blame of that hope not being reached at his feet
    It’s as hard for a player to live up to the hype put on his shoulders by his coach when that coach has no idea how to help unlock that potential as it is for the same coach to build a team around a player who doesn’t seem to want to be part of that team

    No one knows the ins and outs no one ever will, all we know us it simply won’t work between them no matter how much each side of the argument attempt to overblow there point and present personal opinion as fact
    Personally hope Benny moves on, he’s wasting his career here when he should be at his peak
    Would be good to see the lad come good, Pardew has been given his backing by the chunky one so why waste a year out of what could possibly still be a successful career by rotting in the reserves

    Does anyone think he’ll be happy looking back at his career and seeing Rotondas scrap book of his ligue 1 glory days then being know as that player that was almost good?
    BTW this isn’t me saying that i know what’s happening just that there is evidence for both sides and the counter points simply don’t stand up

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:47 PM

    Comment #6

    I think its a bit soon to liken the lad to sterling
    lets hope we see more of him in the coming season and I don’t mean 5 mins at the end of a game when were losing

    he can play for England and Jamaica and I think Jamaica have been in touch already from what I read the other day

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #7

    Ian & Jeff

    Where should I start, Ian what more do you want the player to do? He’s training with the reserves, the kids and Beardsley….he’s still being positive by declaring he’s happy and enjoy training, has got himself into shape (albeit a little later than the rest) took his punishment on the chin. I find it strange that he was fined and after the appeal was put in we have no further news.

    Jeff – Enrique, Nolan, Barton, HBA, Jonas, Marveaux, are all of these bad apples? They’ve all criticised this regime and have been swiftly dealt with. I find it amusing that you point out all of HBA’S previous antics but then stop when it comes to the toon. Why hasn’t he gone on strike here?

    Why are so many of the haters concerned about HBA moving to Everton? He’s shite and doesn’t track back and is inconsistent right? Haha

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #8

    We finished 5th,had a season of non investment to a side with extra games in Europe and had a nightmare,to understand this more look at Swansea,go and look how many players they signed the season they got into Europe and then how bad they done in the league and everybody was wanting Laudrup as manager.Pardew got 1 1st teamer in Anita and we struggled with injuries and where we finished reflected that.Last season without Europe we had a terrible start but Pardew picked the players up and we got to 5th again and then Jabba took a massive dump on our season,the terrible run started the day the transfer window finished.This season he’s spent some money which should have happened 2yrs ago after we finished 5th.I support Pardew and believe he will do well again with the signings we have made.I post this message because more and more the Anti-Pardew fan’s are slating the people who support Pardew.The views i have gave are facts,there is no bullsh1t,no twisting words,facts.I log in every day to idiots posting absolute horse-sh1t about Pardew this and Pardew that and you all have the right to an opinion,i have gave up debating space cadets because i understand exactly that,but please stop calling the people who still support Pardew.I have gave my balanced and logical opionions.

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #9

    If anyone wants to know what oponions are they are points of view that make you cry.

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #10

    Beattie- it’s not just a recent development. He was put on a special training programme last March because he wasn’t thought fit enough. I saw his lackadaisical
    approach at the West Ham away game and commented on it on here. He was openly arguing with Cabaye over the need for him to do drills. He is a bad influence which is why he was sent to train with the youngsters. He’s not the first top draw player to suffer that indignity. If he shows contrition ( back to Old Testament ) then he could still get a reprieve.

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  • lordy_geordie

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #11

    Im upset i cant choose Aaron’s for my fantasy team.

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #12

    Our toon- he’s not calling the shots.

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #13

    Tads

    I think one mans perspective of Pardew protecting him is another’s perspective of Pardew refusing to play him.

    I think the only thing for certain when you take out all the he said this, he said that hearsay is that from a tactical point of view Pardew just hasn’t played to Ben Arfa’s strengths.

    I agree we will never know, and because of that it is just a matter of opinion…

    …but my opinion is the right one.

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  • T.T.V.V.T.

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #14

    @jesperfuglsang

    Well when i grow my beard it goes ginger. I guess i must have some Danish in me after all!

    Awesome. Quite rare breed me like, a Danish Geordie.

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #15

    Ian – who’s not calling the shots?

    Mr Mojo – Europe is an excuse I hear time and time again, correct me if I’m wrong here but didn’t we make minimum 8 changes per game? Stop trying to find excuses where quite frankly there aren’t any to be had.

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #16

    In relation to a Pro Pardew fan, when it starts with ‘We finished 5th…’

    zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz

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  • HoboToon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #17

    Wanna know what will happen? Pardumb will gove him 5 mins at the end of bad game, and after that say he still has alot to learn and didnt prove himself with that big chance he was given

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  • Our Toon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #18

    Especially for the group games, didn’t pardew come out and say he was happy with the squad and doesn’t he say so at the end of every window. Stuart Pearce was recently refreshingly honest

    If the muppet was happy then why couldn’t he get them to perform? After the group stage we started making less changes….oh and bough HBA back on a plastic pitch in freezing conditions….bloody genius pardew

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  • G

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t see the comparisons with Sterling either. If I were AP (I’ve just checked, I’m not) I would be a bit loathe to start him against city. Much as I would like to see the lad get a game or two under his belt in the prem, first fixture to city is something of a baptism of fire. Give him a few bench cameo’s and start him against a weaker team (Villa?) if he gets on ok with that.

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 8, 2014 at 1:59 PM

    Comment #20

    Ian

    Again you’re talking rubbish.

    If he is a bad influence why send him to train with the kids. Surely his influence would rub off on them and put the future at risk.

    You would surely send him to train on his own like Jonas.

    Maybe Benny got overweight because he wasn’t being played, maybe Pardew put him on a diet plan to bulk up his muscle mass and it didn’t work. Maybe Benny came back overweight pre season because as a muslim he was about to fast.

    Question is how do you know anything other than nothing at all.

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  • Whumpie

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #21

    I’ve been watching Rolando ever since I saw him on Eurosport in a few of our U21s games. Even in those games where it’s all a bit chaotic and hard to see who’s doing what – he was the stand-out player.

    As for physical strength; he may not be much in stature – but FFS – have you seen the build on him? Not exactly a beanpole any more, is he?

    I really hope he gets his chance, takes things steadily and just keeps his head level. He’s got all he needs in terms of raw ingredients; let’s hope he doesn’t end up burned.

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #22

    Beatroll
    Lol fair enough
    Still with knowing the background you can’t simply look at it solely from a tactical view as we have no insight into how well that role was trained or performed in or how the team as whole reacted

    So yeah it’s just opinion etc! We all think ours is right!

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:04 PM

    Comment #23

    MrMojoRisin – Opinions are like the colours in a rainbow. Many and varied. Go with the flow and enjoy.

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  • manxpie

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #24

    Beattie arfa simply can’t kick up a fuss now he’s a “changed man” As no club will come near him not a big 1 anyways Pardew has said if he gets into the team ethic he will be a part of the squad Can’t see anything wrong with that It’s how it should be as every other player seems to be able to do it without any problems

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  • T.T.V.V.T.

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Excited at the prospect of Aarons.

    Don’t necessarily think he should be thrown in at the deep end and start against Man City though.

    Far better to give him a few sub apparances and see how he gets on. Same as Liverpool did with Sterling really.

    He looks a talent but better to build is experience and confidence rather than let him line up alongside Zabaletta, not get a kick and start to question his ability.

    Besides, im almost certain that Cabella will start on the left against Man City.

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  • HoboToon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #26

    @ TTVVT
    Jesper
    Rare breed? Im a geordie from Singapore! Top that lads HAHA

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  • Whumpie

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #27

    Toonarmydownsouth @ 5 – who are you and what have you done with TDS?

    Far too sensible for a Friday afternoon! Pull yourself together and start typing bollocks, man!

    (Ahem. What I mean is: well said, quite right.) 🙂

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #28

    toonarmydownsouth // Aug 8, 2014 at 1:10 PM

    Have to say its is story’s like this Jonas one in the Chron which always keeps the accusation there bitter sh1t stirrers in mind

    They were the ones to initially report why Jonas had been dumped from the squad and hoyed out on loan due to a clause in his contract which triggered an automatic extension on games played

    Now there claiming a total loss of idea as to why he’s vanished from the set up
    So some where there spouting complete b0llox!

    Regardless, it’s poor treatment of a loyal servant
    I’d imagine though he hasn’t been cast out quiet in the manner there painting, he was widely touted as missing home, I’d imagine he’s training back home in and around his preferred club trying to earn a move

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  • MrMojoRisin76

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #29

    Ourtoon
    So are you saying it is possible to have a good season in Europe and a good season in the league if you sign 1 player to a small squad that overachieved the season before finishing 5th?,i gave the Swansea example,they signed about 12 players,most of them 1st teamers,yet Laudrup the great could only copy what Pardew did,and Pardew got 1 player.To totally rule out the factor of the Extra games of Europe having an effect is a bit silly really.

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Beattie- I have posted at length on HBA and don’t wish to repeat it. If he had the right attitude and was sufficiently motivated he would have realised that he had to return for pre season training in great shape. He wasn’t and the coaching staff were massively disappointed because he had been given a training schedule.
    That’s a brief summary.

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:15 PM

    Comment #31

    HBA is an attacking player not a defensive player. If we are to play him we need decent cover at the back. I do feel his career at Newcastle is over tho.
    Pardew needs to go he is tactically inept

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  • T.T.V.V.T.

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #32

    @HoboToon

    My mother’s side of the family have Lithuanian roots. Her mother was a born in Lithuania, moved here when she was 5 or something.

    Part Danish, part Lithuanian, but mostly a Geordie from Benwell haha.

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  • Ian Toon

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #33

    Ramadan started on the 28th June and was for 30 days. Cisse and Tiote have had problems in past years. The problem goes deeper than that and fundementally is down to the player not following Pardew’s instructions. Love him ( maybe not) or loathe him he’s the boss. You don’t have to like someone as long as you show them respect.

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:19 PM

    Comment #34

    TADS

    We can determine from the quality we see in some games to the lack off from the next that Hatem hasn’t been used in the correct tactical manner.

    Refer back to West Brom away from 2012. Played further up the pitch, asked to stay between the last midfielder and the defender. The defence soaked up a bit of pressure and then we countered devastatingly.

    That game, those first 45 minutes were the best football I’d seen us play since Bobby Robson, and it was under Pardew.

    But he has been here for near enough 4 years and managed near 200 games. I suppose if I take 200 shots at the dart board I’m bound to get 1 or 2 in the triple 20 despite having no talent whatsoever.

    That to me is a sign that tactically Pardew has failed to get the best out of Benny.

    Not just Benny though, most of the team. Benny is just the prevalent example.

    I think my frustration boils over into a lack of hope for Cabella. I think most toon fans are familiar with him despite him playing for Montepellier. He has a grand potential too but I honestly don’t believe he will realise it under Alan and that upsets me.

    What upsets me more is that some fans aren’t alarmed by this and think that if a player is good enough he should make it in spite of the managers short comings. Anyone with a basic understanding of the game must know that this isn’t how football works.

    Ben Arfa isn’t the Guevara type person some make him out to be and he certainly hasn’t helped himself in all of this but to leave him in the reserves is just daft.

    It’s like thowing away a rough diamond instead of working to refine it. Pards is happy with cubic zirconia. We are shopping in Elizabeth Duke when we have Cartier at home. Awful, awful analogy. Perhaps my worst ever.

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #35

    I’ve not been back on the blog long and I see that this Ben Arfa issue has been done to death in my absence so I will leave it there for now.

    Someone change the topic quick!!

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  • Beatroll25

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:22 PM

    Comment #36

    Ha ha ha

    Someone must be taking the p1ss with the title of the article:

    http://football.jdsports.co.uk/2014/08/08/papiss-cisse-like-a-new-signing/

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #37

    Suddenly our home kit looks a little less sh1t
    Just a little though

    @vintageNUFCtops: ORDERED MINE. Cultural Leonesa have given their ‘Tuxedo’ kit its debut. The less said about this the better… http://t.co/kShCYA3MGr

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  • ToonFromLeeds

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #38

    I have to say I’m excited by the new players and some of the youngsters but we need a striker and the players will only perform well if they are properly managed. I can’t see Pardew doing that

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  • lesh

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #39

    Two points:

    If Rolando’s got the potential at this stage of his career, that’s all the more reason to sign him up to a contract that reflects his current situation and yet staged to reward development and appearances – before he’s snapped up by a more forward thinking club.

    Secondly, there is some advantage to playing him against Citeh and that is, he’s an unknown quantity who could wreak havoc in opposing defences.

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  • T.T.V.V.T.

    Aug 8, 2014 at 2:25 PM

    Comment #40

    Since when did this turn into a blog for fans of the film Blood Diamond?

    😉

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