Rolando Aarons only returned to training this week – after being out a few weeks with a hamstring injury he picked up while on England U20 duty last month, so we were a little surprised he started the game at Manchester City.
Aarons slotting home the first goal – a great opportunist goal
But when he scored an excellent goal after just six minutes, we think he must have been very impressive in training – which is why Alan took a bit of a chance and included him in the starting eleven.
And it was great to see Rolando, Adam Armstrong, Sammy Ameobi and Paul Dummett all starting in the 2-0 win – since all have come through the Newcastle Youth Academy and three are local lads – so we seem to be getting some payback this season from the youngsters.
This is what Alan Pardew said about that:
“These younger ones don’t have fear. This group is stronger than I’ve had in all my time here. They have all come through our academy and are looking like Newcastle players of the future.”
“Out of that group only Sammy has disappointed in the past, but this year he has a new-found belief in himself.” “The other three have made their progress very rapidly.”
“Of all that four, they all have great talent and deserve to be in and around our team.” “Rolando has a massive asset which is pace. I saw that Phil Jagielka is apparently the quickest in the Premier League.”
“But I would bet on Rolando and Gabriel Obertan against him any day of the week.” “He also has a nice temperament. I think he had some troubles at Bristol City, but I really like him as a person.”
“He has got his feet on the ground, he has got tremendous potential and this could be a breakthrough season for him.”
“I did think long and hard about our team because I was concerned about one or two players, particularly Rolando and Ryan,” “They hadn’t really done enough training to warrant playing even half a game, which I had pencilled in for them.¨
¨But that worked out well for us. They both trained so well the day before that I went with my instincts rather than logic.¨
“We have players in form at the moment and right now it’s difficult to pick the bench, let alone the team. It’s important the squad has some depth to it because that’s always been a problem since I’ve been here.”
We’ve mentioned before that at half time when Rolando was walking off, he really looked all in and was breathing very heavily, so we weren’t too surprised when Sammy came on at the start of the second half.
But alas, but Sammy could not repeat his accomplishment of Sunday and score within seven seconds – 6.57 seconds approximately. 😀
Rolando admitted he was simply knackered at half time:
“I was just knackered.” “I was tired and I think the gaffer noticed, and I kind of told him, so he took me off.”
“I was knackered today and I was a bit slow and off the pace, but obviously happy to get the goal and contribute.”
The youngsters have really started to come through for us in the last few games, and now we need players like Remy Cabella and Manu Riviere to show through, and if we can keep up the form the lads have shown since the Southampton debacle – we may not even be in a relegation struggle.
Given what’s happened at the beginning of the season, we’d be happy enough if that was the case.
Howay The Lads!!
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