This Newcastle Youngster Is Exactly What England Need

Rolando Aarons has already caught the eye of the England selectors, and the 18 year-old was called into the England U20 squad and played his first game for any England side on September 5th, when he scored in England’s 6-0 win against Romania.

England v Romania: U20 International Friendly

Rolando Aarons – after scoring for England U20 side against Romania

Although he doesn’t like the comparison that’s often made, he plays very much like another England youngster born in Kingston, Jamaica – Raheem Sterling of Liverpool – who has burst onto the scene for England and is currently one of our most promising players in the full England side.

It’s possible that Rolando will be quickly promoted to the England U21 side, and there is an upcoming friendly during the International break against Portugal, so perhaps we will see Aarons in that squad – a friendly seems a good time to give the lad his first cap at U21 level.

Certainly he’s already shown he’s got some tremendous talent when he plays for Newcastle, so why wouldn’t U21 manager Gareth Southgate give him a chance playing for the U21 side.

It’s not like England have a wealth of young talent coming through the ranks, and of course the performance of the senior side at last summer’s World Cup in Brazil was a real low for the country – the players were simply hopeless once again in a major tournament with the world watching.

With Gabby Obertan unfortunately now being sidelined for up to four or five months with a badly torn thigh muscle (how unlucky can you be?), we expect Rolando to be given a start at West Brom on Sunday, in the early kick-off game.

And if the youngster performs anywhere near his potential on Sunday, he will be a real handful for the West Brom side, now managed by former Newcastle coach Alan Irvine.

We could even get our 5th win in a row – and wouldn’t that be something.

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32 comments so far

  • lesh

    Nov 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Comment #1

    Let’s hope Pardew doesn’t worry about Rolando’s tender years and start ‘protecting’ him from the first team.

    He need look no further than Wayne Rooney, Alan Kennedy, Raheem Sterling to see that if they’re big enough, they’re old enough to play with the seniors.

    But, it’s essential the club ties Aarons down to a good contract that’ll reward him and protect the club’s interests – before other clubs turn his head.

  • 70TWO

    Nov 6, 2014 at 6:37 PM

    Comment #2


    Lets skip him being canonised and just refer to him as:
    Pope Pardew of Polar – miracle staying in work

    Mister Tuff – you do irony very well, with a dose of stirring.

  • 70TWO

    Nov 6, 2014 at 6:38 PM

    Comment #3

    Polar = Poplar

  • mag92

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #4

    Moaning Minnie Gaol the blog old woman wouldn’t have players like Arrons, Abied, Colback, Sammy, Perez or Obertan in the team because he knows nothing about football!

  • la.jim

    Nov 6, 2014 at 7:58 PM

    Comment #5

    This Kid is the real deal,the team as a whole look a lot more confident when he’s in the game,and really who else do we have in that position?

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Nov 6, 2014 at 8:15 PM

    Comment #6

    lesh // Nov 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM

    Let’s hope Pardew doesn’t worry about Rolando’s tender years and start ‘protecting’ him from the first team
    lesh // I think one of the reasons Lpool and Sterling are struggling this term is that Rodgers overplayed him last season

  • hibbit

    Nov 6, 2014 at 8:42 PM

    Comment #7

    mag 92 = jeff from benwell =troll

  • mag92

    Nov 6, 2014 at 8:52 PM

    Comment #8

    Hibbit what’s it like in South Hylton?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2014 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #9

    You can take the boy out of penywell but you can’t take penywell out of the boy. New name mag 92 but you’re still a cnut.

  • Kris

    Nov 6, 2014 at 9:31 PM

    Comment #10

    My team for West Brom.:
    Janmaat, S. Taylor, Colo, Dummy
    Abeid, Tioté, Colback
    Sissoko, Cisse, Sammy

    Aarons on for Sammy at some stage
    Perez for Cisse at some stage
    R. Taylor if needed – can play anywear

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2014 at 9:37 PM

    Comment #11

    I think I’d leave Tiote out and play Perez up top with Cisse, Sissoko in the middle.

  • Mister Tuff

    Nov 6, 2014 at 9:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Looks like the current Grand Inquisitor -hibbit – has outed that loathsome heretic Jeff -aka mag92.
    Despite the opportunity to plead his case -the heretic, also known as Victor Vile, refused to deny his heresy leading to the case being proven by default.
    You are ordered to leave this blog of the righteous and begone to the ladies wrestling forum forthwith -you scumbag!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2014 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #13

    It’s funny the way people are bigging Obertran up now. Imagine he was a car, a car that had been consistently shite for three years, then as soon as you decide to sell it, with out explanation it starts briefly doing what it’s supposed to before spectacularly breaking down at high speed, you might think you’d bought a duffer.

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #14

    Obertan has played effectively to instruction, it seems to me, and that’s why his star has risen, and that has taken some doing by both player and coaching staff, psychologically, physically and technically, because the role is a highly demanding one and the player had been found wanting in the past. Like the turnaround in the last 4 games, the turnaround in Obertans fortunes is equally impressive, but yes, you might be skeptical that it can continue.

  • toonicle

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #15

    Sissoko needs to be played through the middle, why do people continue to shuffle him out to the RW? We have wingers like Aarons, Sammy that are available and in good form, and it’s not Sissokos natural position.


  • jimmysmith

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:29 PM

    Comment #16

    Also, that 4-5 months probably will actually translate to the season, because it’ll take longer than that to reach that fairly incredible level of fitness again. And without it, I don’t doubt he wouldn’t the same player we’ve seen in recent weeks.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:31 PM

    Comment #17

    I know that Sissoko, Abeid and Colback have all justified starting, plus Tiote if he is fit, but we cannot play them all without 1) becoming too defensive and 2) playing someone out of their best position.

    For me, the choice is to play Colback OR Tiote, for as long as Abeid continues to play as well as he has.

  • toonincheek

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:32 PM

    Comment #18

    On Obertan, I wonder if the extra work he has done, building up muscle mass, has been a contributary factor in his injury.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #19

    I don’t think we’ll ever find out if this brief run of good form was just a flash in the pan or not, if he doesn’t regain that level again it will be blamed on the injury.

  • carl

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:40 PM

    Comment #20

    Makes a lot more sense than the acid trip hallucination of gaol on the same player.

  • optimistic prime

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:46 PM

    Comment #21

    More than one alter ego.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:48 PM

    Comment #22

    I think mine was more interesting though.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:50 PM

    Comment #23

    Carl is using gaol because he thinks it makes him sound cool.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 6, 2014 at 10:51 PM

    Comment #24

    Carl isn’t cool he is very uncool.

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 6, 2014 at 11:07 PM

    Comment #25


    I agree regarding sissoko’s best position being in the centre. Quotes lastweek suggest the king doesn’t.

    Something along the lines of “stuck him in the middle blah, best position is out wide”

    When we first signed him the king stated “I’ve finally got my No10.

    Contradiction in itself.

    Often described as a Rolls Royce player in his native France where coincidentally he played as a box to box midfielder.

    We’ve only seen fits and bursts throughout his time here unfortunately, be it through being played out of position, lack of confidence or something else. Who knows but one thing is for sure he most definitely is not a right winger nor a No10.

    Don’t get me wrong he can do a job and patrols that flank admirably, he has good games there and bad games there. The same goes for when he plays just behind the striker. I think this is where his inconsistency stems from. Basically not being utilised in his correct position.

    My team for west brom.




    I would start Sammy but everytime he starts he doesn’t look as effective tbh so if cabella or aarons ain’t doing much I’d bring him and rivvy on. Same with cisse, replace with Perez. The key for me is supplying whoever is the striker with service. Let’s not leave them isolated eh.

  • lesh

    Nov 6, 2014 at 11:13 PM

    Comment #26

    Jeff from Benwell

    Disagree about Rodgers overplaying Sterling being the reason for Liverpool’s disappointing season, thus far.

    I put it down to the fact that they’ve lost Suarez, who Rodgers inherited, and despite spending zillions this and last season, he’s shown his judgement of players and that he’s unable to make best use of the players he’s bought.
    Sounds familiar?

    In other words, Rodgers’ limitations are there for all to see. Whether he keeps his job longer than Pardew has, is uncertain.

  • Tsunki

    Nov 6, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #27

    Jeff has failed here so many times and yet still returns to post, he has to be a troll.

  • Average_Contents

    Nov 6, 2014 at 11:15 PM

    Comment #28

    I’ve left dummett out because I think we need to get at them and as good as he’s been defensively, offensively he’s pretty poor. That’s not me writing him off or slagging him either but I just feel he offers very little going forward and tends to attempt a ball down the line that’s never on.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 6, 2014 at 11:24 PM

    Comment #29


    sissoko ur best through the middle as a box to box think we have had a couple of goals certainly the one against fool was due him driving in to the box it crates space for others to work in

    I will be disappointed if I see him out on the right at west brom
    I like tiote but he has to wait to get in the team and none of the 3 deserve to be dropped and front 3 of Aarons cabella perez is the way to go


    Nov 6, 2014 at 11:25 PM

    Comment #30

    did not have a bet at spurs as odds were too small. had a small bet draw and win at man city. had a good bet on beating lpool at 11/4 .to anyone who likes a bet one thing is sure the bookies still dont rate us . 11/5 v wbrom .now 25/1 coral top 6 as against 12/1at start of season. 9/4 top 10 is too good to be true coral but cannot wait 6 months for money . 3/1 to beat spurs when we were playing poorly before league game we were 7/2 early.

  • MassiveG

    Nov 6, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    Comment #31

    Don’t wanna fuel the hype but Rolando is an anagram of Ronaldo

  • lesh

    Nov 7, 2014 at 1:43 AM

    Comment #32


    And Orlando!


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