Pardew Impressed With Newcastle’s Two Top Youngsters

Rolando Aarons played a good game last night at the Priestfield Stadium, but he was replaced in the second half after he had picked up a knock, and that may keep him out of the squad for the Crystal Palace game on Saturday at St. James’ Park.

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Rolando Aarons in action last night

This is what Alan Pardew said after the game about the exciting 18 year-old and he also talked about 17 year-old local lad Adam Armstrong:

“It’s a shame he got a knock, as he’s an exciting player,” “His speed is phenomenal. He probably caused them the most problems.”

“He’s played his way into in and around my team.” “There’s a good chance he could feature on Saturday.”

“Rolando came into our Academy quite late,” “He started showing a few signs at the back end of last year, but was probably behind Armstrong.”

“This pre-seaons he’s just edged above him, though Armstrong got a fantastic hat-trick against Reading’s Under-21s on Monday.” “We’ve got two offensive players come from the Academy.”

“If they can both crack it, that would be very lucky for us.” “It’s very difficult to get offensive players through the system.”

Aarons joined Newcastle from Bristol City only two years ago, and he immediately impressed in the Newcastle U21 side, and signed his first professional contract at the club, along with Adam Armstrong, Freddy Woodman and Lubomir Satka earlier this year.

Rolando played really well in pre-season, and we are just hoping he can recover from his knock to (even) start the game against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and we have to hope that some of our strikers can find the back of the net.

We need a win on Saturday before the two week International break begins.

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17 comments so far

  • deeps

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Guys when’s the draw for the capital one cup next round

  • firebug666

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #2


    I think it’s later today, not 100% sure mind.

  • nut meg

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #3

    After tonights game is what I read.

  • deeps

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #4

    Thanks mate

  • Lost Plot

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #5

    After tonight’s ties .. Usual upsets tonight lol

  • 70TWO

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #6

    The more I think about it, the tactics last night fell between two stools and I wonder which direction Pardew will go against Palace. If we play two wingers he also needs two proper strikers in a 442, or should he play Siem DJ in a formation that has yet to produce any goals?

  • deeps

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7


    Thanks mate..hope we get another league 1 or league 2 side cz if we play a weakened team against an epl or championship side we will get beat 🙁

  • Tinman

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #8

    Would be great to see him start in my opinion. Gouffran was useless and ineffective there against Villa. Kept drifting inside, but unlike Cabella, never knew what to do once he got there except pass sideways or backwards.

    The draw is after tonights games.

  • John Tudor

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Comment #9

    neither would start due to clueless

  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:21 AM

    Comment #10

    People are worrying too much about last night, never saw the game, caught a bit of radio commentary in the first half but cup ties are never the way to judge a team, anything can happen.

    I think progressing in every round in that manner and lifting the cup would be perfect for me.

    People could be concerned with lack of league goals, but I wouldn’t worry about last night.

  • deeps

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #11

    Guys do you think arsenal will survive besiktas tonight??
    I was really impressed with besiktas in Turkey..played an open game with arsenal and completely outplayed them..I can see an upset happen tonight..

    And it would be good to see our very own debuchy drop out of champions league and go straight into the europa league 😉

  • 70TWO

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #12

    Rotonda heights

    I am trying not to be negative in favour of being constructive about the tactics deployed, but I already know that my words can have no effect and I will inevitably begin to reproduce the P45due banner. What do you think are the positives from our first three competitive matches?

  • Markaccus

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #13

    T sage

    My only concern at the moment is missing chances. We seem to be creating enough of them, but whoever they fall to seem to fluff their lines. Even when we manage to hit the target it seems to be at the keeper.

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:30 AM

    Comment #14


    Not sure how you can really look to sugarcoat the fact, whether you think people’s reports were, in your opinion biased or not, that this was against pretty dismal opposition who had just been thumped 4-1.

    We couldn’t score without the aid of an own goal. One own goal in 3 games.

    Maybe we should ask Ed to do another poll but the last time he did I think nearly 80% wanted pardew gone so I would suggest that is most.

    There are amazingly still people like Manx, Tequila, Mickalonius and Harley, who still think Pardew is competent and that the reason the likes of Cisse, Ben Arfa, MYM and others have now all suddenly become rubbish is all of their own making!

    There are others in the mid section like Bills son and possibly you, who can’t quite bring yourselves to see the problem Pardew presents and think that he needs a 10th chance.

    Well despite the regular abuse received I still feel I am one of a growing and significant number of people on here who are absolutely sick of Pardew and the damage he’s causing / caused all in the name of his ego.

  • dannitoon

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #15


    Team should be






  • lesh

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:13 AM

    Comment #16

    Rotonda heights

    I’m certainly not being an advocate of Pardew’s tactics or spin.

    It’s just that in some posters’ eyes, we can do nothing right – we could win a game by a country mile and still Pardew’d get slated.

    He’s not the best by any means but the fact is, we’ve got him and he’s central to Ashley’s plans for the club – keep us in the Prem, reap the rewards, spend as little as possible and see a nice cash surplus build up thus enabling Ashley to call in the £120m or whatever he’s owed and sell up at a price that’s realistic.

    As said, we’re stuck with Pardew unless he fouls up big time so it looks as though all the ‘Pardew out’ shouts are a complete waste of effort and we’ve just got to be patient, and hope.

    As far as polls are concerned, they’ll never have any great credibility on this site until there’s a mechanism put in place that’ll only allow one vote per person. That’s near impossible without cost in Ed’s time and I think we’d all agree that he’s got better things to do with it.

    So, there now, that’s today’s rant out of the way.


  • Sav

    Aug 27, 2014 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #17

    Lets not have too much too soon with Aarons. We are desperate for a hero, especially in the forwards but this lad needs time to settle in and learn his trade.
    Still hoping Remy rings Pardew up with a ‘get me outta here’ message before Tuesday night and also that we can get to the same point with Tiote and Ben Arfa still on the books.


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