Rolando Aarons does not want to be compared to Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling, who at 19 years old, has already played 11 times for England, but if Rolando keeps up the excellent form he has shown this season, including a great goal last night at the Etihad Stadium, he could even find himself in the England squad with Raheem – and sooner rather than later.
The 18 year-old Newcastle youngster is that good.
Rolando Aarons scoring against Manchester City
After Rolando scored his second goal for Newcastle last night, in his first experience back from injury, he has been interviewed in the national press and he talked about the England International:
“Raheem has played really well for the last two or three seasons and I’m nowhere near that level yet,” “I’m not Raheem Sterling – and Raheem Sterling is not me.”
“I don’t want people to compare us, although he’s obviously a player that I admire.” “I’m nothing like him and I’ve got a long way to go before I can even consider myself to be anywhere like that.”
“He’s played for England at the World Cup, and I’ve only played three or four games for Newcastle United.” “I don’t think there’s any reason to get carried away – I’m just focusing on playing football.”
“Hopefully I’ll get the chance to play in the same game as him at the weekend,” “If that happens I might ask for his shirt. Why not? He’s a good player.”
“Whatever happens, though, I definitely won’t be swapping at half-time.” “It helps to have so many of us young players playing in these games together. Young players help to bring enthusiasm and drive, and that showed.”
Aarons and Sterling were both born in Kingston, Jamaica about a year apart – with Rolando being just over a year younger than the England International.
And although the Newcastle 18 year-old doesn’t want to be compared with Raheem – their styles are similar – both are quick and skillful – and both run at speed at opposition defenses.
Aarons began his career at Bristol City before joining Newcastle’s Youth Academy just over two years ago, and he’s made great progress, signing his first professional contract in February.
Even though he’s been out a number of weeks with injury, Rolando looked good in that first half last night, and he took his goal in expert style after only six minutes.
We hope Aarons starts on Saturday, if he is fit enough – and he could give Liverpool a lot of problems.
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