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’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.