19 year-old winger Rolando Aarons played his first game tonight, since coming on as a substitute in the first half at home to Liverpool way back on 1st November, which was his last game for the club – but the news tonight is good because he came through tonight unscathed in Newcastle’s 4-2 win against Blackburn U21s.
Rolando Aarons made first appearance since 1st November
The lads were 2-0 up at the half, and as expected head coach John Carver was watching, but coach Carver will have to be very careful with how he now uses the teenager since Rolando is obviously so short of match practice.
But with Rolando playing and the talented and experienced Siem de Jong slowly making his way back – and hopefully Papiss Cisse available for at least some substitute appearances starting Saturday, Carver should have some fresh attacking options over the last three games of the season.
John will hold his press conference on Thursday, and let’s hope he’s just very straight about things – and we’ll be very interested to learn about who he’s considering for the back four against West Brom on Saturday, and who will partner Fab Coloccini in central defense.
With Williamson, Janmaat and possibly Paul Dummett all missing we could see Ryan Taylor at right-back and Vurnon Anita at left back and maybe even Moussa Sissoko at center-back with all three playing out of position.
Daryl Janmaat is suspended for one game but big Mike Williamson is out for two games and will return for our final game on May 24th against the Hammers and the result of that game could well decide whether we are relegated or not.
Relegation would be a huge body blow to Newcastle United and there’s nothing great about being relegated.
And there are also some positive signs that some of the senior players seem set on trying to save Newcastle from relegation, with Fabricio having written an open letter to fans on the Newcastle web-site.
It’s good news about Rolando, but it’s not clear just how much he can be used in the remaining three crucial games, but it would be positive news if he’s on the bench on Saturday.