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This Youngster Can Be Huge For Newcastle Next Season

1:48 pm, Saturday, June 6th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 24 Comments

It’s a huge pity that Rolando Aarons was injured for most of last season, after he was the star man in Newcastle’s pre-season and the 19 year-old youngster can both make goals and score goals from the left wing – and he was also outstanding at the beginning of the season.

Rolando only appeared seven times for us last season and scored two goals and has one assist.

rolando aarons in england colors

Rolando Aarons in England’s colors

Rolando is finally fit again after fighting almost all season with hamstring problems,  and we were just a little concerned in case that would become a chronic injury for the youngster.

But the goods news is that since the end of the season Rolando has played three times for the England U20 side in the tournament in Toulon and scored last nigh against China when he finally started a game.

England are in Group B in the Toulon tournament and drew their first game on 28th May 3-3 with Morocco, and then we beat Ivory Coast 2-1 two days later, and Rolando came on as a substitute in those two games, but didn’t get much playing time.

The England side were beaten for the first time in 12 games on Wednesday against Mexico when we went down 2-1, and therefore had no chance of making the final ,with Morocco winning the group – and they play Group A winners France tomorrow in the final – France are the favorites having won all four group games.

Yesterday manager Andy Boothroyd made chances to the England side to play China to give some of the lads a start, and Rolando was one of those and played extremely well on the left wing and scored the first goal after 39 minutes to send England on their way to a good 3-1 win.

Rolando played for 55 minutes before he was replaced by Sunderland’s Duncan Watmore.

England will now play the USA for third place tomorrow afternoon at 4:00 pm UK time, with the US finishing  second in Group A.

The really good news is that Rolando seems to be fully fit again after all the hamstring problems he had last season.

And we are hoping with a few weeks rest after tomorrow’s game, Rolando will be fit and ready to resume pre-season training in early July for Newcastle.

And the youngster will be like a new player for us – and hopefully will have a great season for us next term.

That’s good news for Newcastle fans – and we need some of that (a lot of that) right now.

Comments welcome.

Tags: England News · Injuries · International News · Newcastle News · Rolando Aarons

24 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Lindisfarne // Jun 6, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Get your knife out Stevie!

    Slit the gut from the coaching team and at least demote JC, that will get the fans on side and still leave enough cash for good quality transfers.

  • 2 Lindisfarne // Jun 6, 2015 at 1:57 PM


  • 3 Small World // Jun 6, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    The best start he can make is by telling Carver that his duties are to be “Bibs and cones” and nothing else.

  • 4 sickandtired // Jun 6, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Concerned? I’m more concerned that he allegedly wasn’t fit enough to play for us but two weeks later there he is in an England shirt.
    Miraculous recovery.

  • 5 investinyouthtoon // Jun 6, 2015 at 2:08 PM

    On a prev post;

    Looks like the Clueless one is due to be appointed shortly. So much for looking to advance, and be ambitious, this is yet another “mate” appointment, and nothing else.
    Another dreadful season to come, same turd different day kind of stuff. MA really doesn’t want to leave it appears, least there wont be any chance at all of winning a cup or being in the CL with SM at the helm

  • 6 optimistic prime // Jun 6, 2015 at 2:08 PM


    The comments on that article are quite positive 😉

  • 7 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 6, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    To be fair when Rolando Aarons played against QPR he was woefully short of match fitness

    He should basically regard playing for England as the start of his pre season training and hit the gym straight after so he is ready to go for next season the boys had enough breaks

  • 8 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 6, 2015 at 2:21 PM

    From Twitter
    Soccer Sauce ?@soccer_sauce · 7 minutes ago
    Breaking: We have been informed that Newcastle have made a bid in the region of £9m for Stuttgart’s German DF Antonio Rüdiger #NUFC

  • 9 lesh // Jun 6, 2015 at 2:47 PM


    You’re right about there being a need for a full review of the coaching and fitness regime.

    Given the number of injuries in training, there is clearly a problem. Are players warmed up sufficiently? Are kick-abouts too hard, too competitive? Keegan used to use keepy-uppy, head-tennis, close-passing exercises and more to the point, he ran training not as a chore but an opportunity for the lads to have fun and gel, bond both as players and friends.

    Did we see evidence of togetherness, common-purpose, bonhomie on the pitch last season – apart from the last game?

    If on completion of the coaching review – presumably the HC would have responsibility for that, he should be supported in implementing any recommendations – including personnel changes if necessary.

    If the HC’s remit covers player-development at all levels, then he must have the right tools and staff to do the job. If it is McLaren that’s appointed (soon I hope) the he must be given the support he needs – the Club’s in a mess!

  • 10 Slank // Jun 6, 2015 at 3:10 PM

    Leeds @ 8

    This is the lad who turned down Chelsea because he said that he was a life long Arsenal supporter.

    It would either be a coup for us or the lad has set his sights a lot lower.

  • 11 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 6, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    On the fitness issue I actually think our training sessions are probably too physical and our players pick up injuries and are burnt out because of this

    I bet its mostly drills and running etc rather than working on passing movements you can sort of tell because our players dont seem to know where to be when someone has the ball

  • 12 optimistic prime // Jun 6, 2015 at 3:21 PM

    Our training involve dodge ball followed by hide and seek.

  • 13 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Jun 6, 2015 at 3:22 PM

    @Toon from Leeds

    Yeah I think he would be good to have at the back if we can get him I would get Micah Richards on a free transfer as well and try to get another left back and that would be defence sorted

  • 14 jane // Jun 6, 2015 at 3:54 PM

    “Our training involve dodge ball followed by hide and seek.”

    and nutrition include jelly and ice cream.

  • 15 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 6, 2015 at 5:18 PM

    Malcolm Macdonald’s view

  • 16 Reyantoon // Jun 6, 2015 at 5:23 PM

    So Lacazatte agreed to join PSG,one of my dream striker,along with MF Grenier.
    In the mean time;
    That Rudiger lad seems canny defender if we get him,
    However, his team conceded as bad as our team last season.But considering he is only 22,may get better.Hope we get him or van dijk,not the likes of Tompkins and chester..

  • 17 Thump // Jun 6, 2015 at 5:31 PM

    @LCBP: I’d probably agree with you there, mate. Keegan’s training was 5 a side and technical play, Pardew’s was fitness, Carver’s was FIFA.

    Shame Michael Owen doesn’t get into management, the physio will be ecstatic.

  • 18 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 6, 2015 at 5:33 PM

    Bamford on loan?

  • 19 Sazzer // Jun 6, 2015 at 6:13 PM

    Our toon
    I didn’t distort his record. Just said if luck would have been on Pardew side he could be the one with the better winning record. I also think Di Matteo was lucky when he won Champions League.

  • 20 jazzyp // Jun 6, 2015 at 6:48 PM

    Abdnenour……Van Dijk would bring a lot to our defence next season while shipping out that clown Willo along with his partner in crime Colo “Hair bear bunch”.
    Austin and Mitrovic while moving on Cisse…..Obershocker……Mr T and the rest of the dead wood would be a cracking start for the 2015-16 season.

    On McLaren yeah an upgrade on John “best in the business”Carver but is very much in the mode of a manager that has operated over the seasons at Nufc, And fits the conduct that Lee “Boldy” Charnley asks for

  • 21 jazzyp // Jun 6, 2015 at 6:56 PM

    Crystal Palace are interested in Chelsea striker Loic Remy and PSG midfielder Yohan Cabaye, according to L’Equipe.

    Would have them both back to be honest !!

    Sissoko—————–Tiote ??————-Rolando

  • 22 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 6, 2015 at 7:00 PM

    Sissoko to stay

  • 23 jazzyp // Jun 6, 2015 at 7:16 PM


    Can see a Sissoko/Cabaye swap deal coming on

  • 24 ToonFromLeeds // Jun 6, 2015 at 7:24 PM

    Not a bad deal

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