Rolando Aarons has looked very much like Raheem Sterling this summer, when Brendan Rodgers started to play the 17 year-old Sterling in the Liverpool first team two years ago, when Brendan took over as manager there.
Rolando Aarons in action at Gillingham
Rolando is quick, skillful and can score goals as well as set them up, as the 18 year old so clearly showed in his 25 minute sub appearance against Crystal Palace last time out – it’s just a pity that Alan Pardew didn’t start the lad in that game, because we could have won it.
So we suppose it’s not too surprising that Liverpool, Manchester City and Bundesliga club Schalke 04, are already tracking the progress of young Rolando Aarons at Newcastle, and we expect Roy Hodgson has also been alerted to the left winger.
The report is in the Daily Star, and of course Rolando was very impressive in our 3-1 win at Schalke in pre-season, so that’s why the German club are interested – he skinned their right back far too many times in that game with his speed and skill.
The Jamaican-born 18 year-old has only been at Newcastle for two years, and signed his first professional contract last March.
And with the terrible news that Siem de Jong is presumably out injured for up to four months – you would think Alan Pardew has to start using Rolando in the first team, as well as our other top youngster – Adam Armstrong – who can also score goals.
The big clubs are reported to be tracking the progress of Aarons, and we suppose if he is as good as he looks, it will be difficult to hold onto the youngster at Newcastle, which is not longer one of the big ambitious clubs in England.
It’s not surprising that this year we have already lost three of our very best players in Yohan Cabaye, Loic Remy and Mathieu Debuchy. who all signed for top clubs at PSG, Chelsea and Arsenal – all three being regular Champions league participants these days.
That’s what happens when you settle for being only a mediocre club in the top ten in the English Premier League.
And if local lad Adam Armstrong is as good as we think he is – the 17 year-old will soon be in his way too.
But don’t worry, Mike Ashley should get a lot of money for both players. 🙁
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