With Gabby Obertan being out for at least four months with his thigh injury, it will give a good chance to 18 year-old Rolando Aarons, and we expect the Kingston, Jamaica born winger to start at the Hawthorns on Sunday.
Rolando Aarons in action against Liverpool
And if Alan Pardew keeps faith with our youngsters, we should see Sammy Ameobi on the other wing, and that will give Newcastle some real pace to counter attack West Brom on Sunday.
Newcastle have some wingers in form at the moment, so we shouldn’t miss Gabby Obertan too much, but the Frenchman played his best football ever at Newcastle this season, and he’s so unlucky to have suffered a serious injury at the exact wrong time for him.
Aarons received his second England U20 call-up only yesterday – so we are a little surprised they didn’t put him in the England U21 squad.
This is what Alan Pardew has said today about the 18 year-old:
“Luckily Aarons has returned from injury at a good time for us,” “We wouldn’t have had the same impact, I don’t think, without his pace if we had lost Gabby.”
“We have lost Gabby but gained him, and it becomes one for one, really.” “We still carried the threat against Liverpool, which is a fantastic tribute to Aarons, because he really hasn’t trained much.”
“To offer us the same threat as Gabby, in the form he’s in, was great for him, but it is a blow to us, make no mistake.”
It’s a great chance for Newcastle on Sunday to keep their fans happy with a 5th win in a row, before the two week International break.
And we must stand a decent chance of that – if the lads can play like we have in the last few games.
Both Sammy and Rolando could be key players for Newcastle on Sunday.
Here’s hoping we can win the game.
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