The big plus for Newcastle United so far this season – and there haven’t been too many – not yet anyway – is the emergence of 18 year-old Rolando Aarons on the left wing.
Rolando Aarons with Peter Beardsley last March
After the youngster signed his first professional contract
The 18 year-old Kingston, Jamaica born youngster has looked terrific playing in the Newcastle first team, and his top form has already attracted two big clubs – Liverpool and Manchester City – who are said to be watching the youngster.
Rolando’s sub appearance in the last quarter of the game last time out at St. James’ Park, transformed Newcastle into a more attacking side, and the younger scored one and one for Mike Williamson.
Mike got his very first goal for Newcastle after almost five years on Tyneside – and it should have been the winner.
If we could have just held the lead for another couple of minutes and won the game against Crystal Palace – things would have been a lot more positive during the International break.
But it wasn’t to be, and the goings on during Monday, September 1st – the final day of the transfer window – didn’t go down too well with Newcastle fans either.
The Newcastle youngster also got his first cap for the England U20 side last week, and played well in that game too and also scored.
If Aarons keeps playing the way he has been since the summer, he could even get an early baptism in the England U21 side.
With the terrible injury suffered by Siem de Jong lasy week, Alan Pardew will need to look at who can score some goals for us in Siem’s absence, and the two lads who immediately come to mind are Rolando and local lad – 17 year-old Adam Armstrong.
Adam scored two very good goals for the England U18 side last week and looked very sharp.
The Southampton game is very important to Newcastle, but it’s even more important for manager Alan Pardew, who is already under some pressure from fans, after the last two seasons haven’t exactly been great.
We’ll see how Pardew is looking at the current situation when the team is announced at 2:00 pm on Saturday afternoon for the game at St. Mary’s, but we would have thought the 18 year-old Aarons would be starting that game.
If he starts on the bench, that would signify Alan is still stuck in playing his more experienced players in front of in-form youngsters, and that wouldn’t be good.
We hope Alan starts Rolando on Saturday and we also hope we can get an unlikely win.
That would most definitely lift the spirits of Newcastle supporters, after a less than stellar start to the season.
What do you think?
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