Rolando Aarons played 45 minutes for the Newcastle U21 side against Blackburn Rovers on Tuesday night, and seemed to come through the game OK – and that was his first game since November 1st – so he’s been out over six months.
Rolando Aarons – not match fit
Newcastle have completely crumbled in the Premier league this year under John Carver, and as fans protested in January he was a very poor choice as interim manager for the rest of the season and he has proved that.
This is a poll we put up on January 13th and about 17 in 20 fans didn’t want John to manage the club through the end of the season and they were right.
This is what Rolando Aarons has said about Newcastle’s current sorry plight:
“It’s hard as a fan to watch it, but it’s even more frustrating as a player, especially when you’re injured.”
“I just want to be involved and try to help the team, and I’ve not been able to do that for six months.
“I’m raring to go and trying to build my match fitness up, so I’m ready to play for the first team when I need to.” “I’m not the gaffer, so it’s up to him to make that decision.
“Even right now, I wouldn’t turn down the chance to play for the first team.” “Rusty or not, I’m always available and I’m ready to play.”
“I’ve been thinking about returning ever since I got injured.” “It’s no different to how I was at the start of the season.”
“I always love playing for the club, and no matter if it’s three games or 30 games left, I’m always going to put my all in, so it doesn’t bother me.”
“St James’s Park is like my home, so it was a great feeling to play there on Tuesday, and I’m looking forward to doing it for the first team.”
“I was a bit nervous at the start on Tuesday, and I just wanted to kind of feel my way into the game and just test out how I feel, really.”
“As the game went on, I got a bit more confident, but I still felt really rusty, and I think those 45 minutes helped me.” “Obviously I need to get back where I was.”
Aarons was simply terrific and if had been fit most of the season we wouldn’t be in the plight we are in now.
But he was played when he was injured at Manchester City in late October and we have paid the price for that, and we have again been at the top of the Premier League Injury table all season – and we have a small squad to start with.
If we do go down at the end of the month we cannot blame anybody else but ourselves because of all the dumb decisions that have been made this season.
There will be books written about this season if Newcastle go down, but not by us.
It’s asking an awful lot of a young 19 year-old to come in and make an impact in the last couple of games of the season, with Newcastle in dire relegation trouble.