Rolando Aarons had a great pre-season for Newcastle last summer and looked like a budding star, but then he picked up a hamstring injury in September and that hampered his season and he played only 6 times for Newcastle last season.
However, he appeared just once since he played on November 1st in the home game against Liverpool – which we won 1-0.
It shows that Rolando has a really good attitude in that he has been training all summer with local Bristol youth side Hallen FC, where he is working with strength and conditioning specialists Back 2 Action.
Rolando Aarons – 19 year-old Newcastle winger
Rolando was with Bristol City before he signed on at Newcastle in the summer of 2012, after being released by City.
It was an extremely frustrating season for a youngster who was linked with some top clubs, before he had an extended absence through injury in the final seven months of the season.
Rolando still has one year left on his contract at Newcastle, and this is a really vital season for the 19 year-old at Newcastle.
This is what the Kingston, Jamaica born youngster had to say in the Shields Gazette:
“I’m not one for lads’ holidays – they’re not really me.” “I need the extra work to get ahead of everyone, especially being young.”
“I’m not an established player so I have to keep working harder than everyone else.” “It was frustrating not being able to play last season. Watching football when you want to play is the worst thing.”
“The plan is to be ready for this season. It’s different with a new manager but it should be good.” “It’s a bit of everything – conditioning, running technique, speed work and getting sharp.”
“There’s a bit of football as well. If it was just running, I’m not sure I’d turn up!” “This season, if I get a run of games I’ll show what I can do.”
Some of the good news since Steve McClaren was appointed as head coach almost three weeks ago, is that Steve seems determined to get to the bottom of the injury problems at Newcastle.
Siem de Jong also hardly played for us in his first season on Tyneside, after having a number of injuries, including a collapsed lung in February – in what was his most injury-wrecked season of his career.
The good news is that both Rolando and Siem should be fit and ready to go next Wednesday, when the lads report back for training – and it will be like having two new players.
Add to that the two former Nottingham Forest players – 21 year-old England U21 Intentional center-back Jamaal Lascelles and 24 year-old goalkeeper Karl Darlow and it will be like having four new players at the club.
But Newcastle must bring in about six new players – and that number will be dependent on who Newcastle let go this summer.
And McClaren will want to look at all his players for about a month before he decides which players can leave the club – but before we let anybody go we must bring in a replacement.
If Rolando plays as well as he did last season and can stay fit – Newcastle will have a (big) star on their hands.
That would be great.