The Newcastle squad is on their way back to Newcastle from Portland, Oregon, and will probably arrive back later today so that Steve McClaren will be back in work tomorrow – probably in time to welcome Anderlecht center-back Chancel Mbemba to the club as our third signing for around £8.5M.
Steve has also said Newcastle are going after players that have not been covered in the press, and fans will be surprised at who Newcastle will be signing – so that’s good to hear – and one question is how many players are Newcastle going to sign this summer?
Rolando Aarons in action at Portland
Once all the arrivals come in, Newcastle can then decide who will leave the club.
But after Rolando Aarons two brilliant goals on Tuesday night in Portland, there’s more good news from the 19 year-old winger who seems ready to start afresh at the club after all last season’s injuries.
Rolando is now fully fit again, and this lad looks just great after making only six appearances last season for us last season, but he still managed to score two goals.
This is what Rolando has said to the local press accompanying the squad:
“For me pre season is not about getting on the score sheet, as much as getting back to my fitness, because when the season starts the performances are going to be the big thing.”
“Most of the goals I do score are instinctive.” “I don’t really think about them at the time. Obviously, I’ve seen it back now, and it looks like a decent goal, so I’m happy with it.”
“I just felt we were off the pace,” “I’m happy I contributed to all three goals, but I’m not really happy with my individual performance and the team’s as well.
“I’m sure when we go back to England we’ll work on a few things.”
That first goal of his after 75 minutes was more than decent, and the sporting Portland crowd will remember that goal for some time – it was really class and the Portland fans themselves applauded the goal.
Rolando seems settled and even excited at Newcastle and the youngster will know all about Steve McClaren’s record of bringing young players through to the first team, and that he’s now in great hands at Newcastle.
If Rolando keeps playing like he did on the tour, we could even see Liverpool and other big clubs come after him in the summer, but we expect the youngster to sign a five year deal at the club and stay.
Newcastle’s future will then depend on if we can keep players like Rolando at Newcastle long term, so we can again challenge for top four in England.
That’s possible, given the top players Newcastle can still attract to the club even, when we just avoided relegation last season.
Things are starting to turn positive at Newcastle, and maybe we can become a great side again under Steve McClaren and his top coaching staff, with the new willingness from the top of the club to start spending the big money we are making in the Premier League, on some very good players.
It’s starting to look good – or at least much much better (not to get too carried away) – than over the last three years.
Howay The Lads!!