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Steve McClaren Raves About Newcastle Youngster

11:26 am, Wednesday, August 5th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 55 Comments

Steve McClaren reminds us just a little bit of Sir Bobby Robson,  in that he’s very congenial and likable and knows a lot about football and how to handle people, and can talk endlessly about the game and players and  is always interesting.

Steve was on a call-in in yesterday on BBC Radio Newcastle Total Sports, and talked about a wide range of subjects.

All Newcastle fans should have a listen to what Steve had to say – the playback is here.

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Rolando Aarons in action against Borussia Monchengladbach

One of the fans who called in brought up 19 year-old Rolando Aarons,  and asked shouldn’t we be trying to sign him to a long term deal.

Steve McClaren replied by saying he had seen Rolando play early last season (before he got injured) for the England U20 side and raved about him.

He called Alan Pardew the next day trying to try to get him on loan to Derby County.

This is what Steve said:

“I remember watching Rolando playing for England U-20s.” “I rang up the next day and said: “Alan you’ve got to let this kid come to Derby he’d be fantastic”.

“He has such pace and excitement.” “It gets you up off your seat and you want players like that.”  “He is a bit erratic and inconsistent but he’s very young.”

“We don’t want to block Rolando’s progress or pathway to the first team where eventually he will be.” “We are introducing him slowly.”

“We played him at left-back in one of the pre-season games and he was absolutely terrific.” “That will improve his defensive work.

“We don’t want to block his progress because he’s going to be an exciting player.”

With Rolando again playing very well in pre-season and having scored those great goals at Portland,  there are big clubs already making noises about him.

Steve McClaren is an excellent coach to bring Rolando through to the first team at the right pace, but it would be great if we can sign him up to a long term deal as quickly as possible.

We’re sure that’s exactly what Newcastle are trying to do.

It would be a big boost of we can do that.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth · Rolando Aarons · Transfer News and Rumours

55 responses so far ↓

  • 1 WWSBRD // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:27 AM

    So wheres his contract extension McClaren?

  • 2 davetoon // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Stevie Mac would make a great politician. He knows what to say to put people at ease and he’s great at avoiding the actual question.
    I was hoping that he would talk more about the actual starting 11 and the back 4 rather than just state the obvious that the whole 11 outfield players on the pitch need to defend, etc…

  • 3 lovey // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:45 AM

    if there is any real interest in building a team for the future he will be tied down sooner rather than later or will he be sold to recoup some of the money spent ? would like to hear others comments on this subject

  • 4 mickalfas // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    If he walks away on a free later it will be fattys biggest f##k up
    And that’s saying something!

  • 5 DaraghL // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Davetoon –

    “I was hoping that he would talk more about the actual starting 11 and the back 4 rather than just state the obvious…”

    While it would put us all at ease to know the starting 11 and see names like Aarons in there. It would be poor management to reveal what the stating 11 would be before the first game.

    Right now Southampton have no idea what 11 will be put out meaning they can’t pick out weak points etc. ( Don’t make the obvious Williamson joke 😉 )

    On topic –

    Really hope Aarons receives a new deal as he is the most exciting prospect I’ve seen at this club. Enjoyable to watch; however I’d agree with the logic of easing him in rather than putting all the weight on his shoulders (Sterling!!).

    As a fan though, I just want to watch him every week so fk the long-term plan!.

  • 6 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    So basically Steve dodged the question 😉

  • 7 davetoon // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:50 AM

    no doubt Charnley is playing hardball with Aarons. Just wish they would give him a decent contract now before someone offers him over the odds and turns his head

  • 8 davetoon // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    @Daragh true he said he wanted Aarons signed but then again thats not his job…

    I was hoping that he would talk more about the decisions he makes such as selection and tactics

  • 9 davetoon // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    and he doesn’t have to read out the team sheet, just let us know whats going on with players fitness wise and his thoughts on where they are

  • 10 lesh // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:56 AM

    One of the fans who called in brought up 19 year-old Rolando Aarons, and asked shouldn’t we be trying to sign him to a long term deal.

    Did McClaren fail to answer that question?

  • 11 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 5, 2015 at 11:59 AM

    lesh…he sure did 😉 lol

  • 12 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 5, 2015 at 12:18 PM

    …and with that the blog died!

  • 13 Graeme // Aug 5, 2015 at 12:24 PM

    Obviously your fault Jesper lol

  • 14 beefman13 // Aug 5, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    I think Mclaren, made it fairly clear that Aarons is a work in progress and they think a hell of a lot of him, we must keep him, we must play him if fit imo, thing is Mclaren was more or less saying he has a bit to go before becoming a regular starter,the kid is easily good enough, the oldest saying if u are good enough u are old enough,Aaarons is easily good enough, will Mclaren start him on Sunday, I think not. Shame.

  • 15 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 5, 2015 at 12:28 PM

    Graeme…I blame lesh!

    …normally I would blame Belfast (probably still his fault somehow 😉 )

  • 16 Blackley and Brownlie // Aug 5, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    I’m yet to be convinced by Aarons. He’s not had a chance to show us. What’s the longest he’s played in any PL game?

  • 17 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 5, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    I definitely need to see Aarons for 10 straight games without injuries to make up my mind about him!

    …he’s a real talent no doubt but maybe that’s all he’ll ever be!

    A contract offer should reflect that I think…maybe Aarons and his people disagree?

  • 18 martoon // Aug 5, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    davetoon @2 – You’re spot on there. I noticed when McClaren was asked directly about Charlie Austin he managed to sidestep and started talking about when Gabiadini (if that’s how you spell it!) was a striker and no one noticed 🙂

  • 19 nut meg // Aug 5, 2015 at 12:54 PM

    Blackley and Brownlie
    I can’t tell you the longest he’s played in any game but according to TransferMarket AArons has played 132minutes in the PL, 104 minutes in the LC.

  • 20 Graeme // Aug 5, 2015 at 12:56 PM

    The bottom line is that Aarons has shown enough to become of interest in the Premier League. That he needs to be given a new Contract is probably beyond doubt.

    If NUFC dont offer him the going rate (Whatever that may be) then they can be sure that another team will be more than happy to offer that Contract and take the risk that he will in fact fail.

    I beliieve he will become a great player and will make the grade – the only real question is – Will it be at NUFC, or at a club who sees the potential and is prepared to invest in it. For whatever reason, NUFC appear to be very reluctant to act.

  • 21 DaraghL // Aug 5, 2015 at 12:59 PM

    Three posible reasons no contract has been offered:

    1) Contract talks are not a priority while the Transfer Window is open.
    2) Injury concerns. They want to see him last 5 games prior to offering a new contract
    3) As much people have noted, Aarons may be looking for a contract of a first team player, the club may only be willing to offer a development player contract

    Hopefully it’s reason 1. If it is reason 3 then it stinks of Paul Pogba all over again; however for every Pogba there’s 5 Ravel Morrison’s.

  • 22 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 5, 2015 at 1:01 PM

    Graeme…you cannot state ‘offering the going rate’ cause whatever he goes for in fact be the going rate 😉

    It all comes down to whether Newcastle offer a contract that represents how they see and how he will be utilized. And whether or not Aarons agree in that reflection.

    SM has stated Aarons is one for the future – to use your term, what’s the going rate for such? 🙂

  • 23 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 5, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    *see him

  • 24 nut meg // Aug 5, 2015 at 1:04 PM

    AArons has a year left on his contract & the club have a further years option on it.

  • 25 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 5, 2015 at 1:05 PM

    I have no idea and I don’t know if the problem has more to do with Newcastle and Aarons not agreeing on what role he should play this season…

  • 26 archaeomag // Aug 5, 2015 at 1:06 PM

    Latest episode of the club’s Magsoap has appeared;

    It’s got all the recent losses – plus some of the lads wishing you Happy New Year in Chinese…

  • 27 Graeme // Aug 5, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Jespar, I would imagine, as in all walks of life, they have a fair idea of what people around them, in their own field, are paid. Some will be on more, some on less, but they will all have a fair idea of their own worth and valuation.

    If NUFC wont, or dont want to, offer that valuation, it is entirely up to them. If that is below market valuation, he will take it as a sign they dont really want him and he will very quickly find another club who rate him higher than we do. Market forces will dictate – we currently have a distinct advantage in that he is our player – we need to keep that advantage and make him a good offer.

  • 28 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 5, 2015 at 1:21 PM

    Graeme…but are we saying Newcastle do not offer a wage that represents what an equal player with an equal role to play will be offered at a club similar to Newcastle?

    If a club like Citeh, Chelsea, Man Utd or Liverpool wants Aarons then their definition of “the going rate” will most likely be way off yours and mine!

    Be careful when using that phrase. Personally I think it means nothing and it’s too vague 🙂

  • 29 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 5, 2015 at 1:29 PM

    I am more inclined to agree with DaraghL on this matter seeing as we don’t know what the hold up is 🙂

  • 30 Graeme // Aug 5, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Jesper – not being a football agent, or a player – I haven’t a bloody clue mate. Most of them make more in a few weeks than I do in a year!! Some manage it in a few days!!!

  • 31 Graeme // Aug 5, 2015 at 1:40 PM

    More info here Jesper

  • 32 lesh // Aug 5, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    jesper – he must have forgotten to answer the question!

    And Mr jesper and Graeme

    Pray what am I being blamed for? Whatever it is, it wasn’t me!

    And, as for sharing the honour of the being blog’s scapegoat with Belfast……. I resemble that remark.

    Belfast’s far more talented than I – as are 99% of posters. The 1%? Well could that be Welshy boyo?

    Nah, even that’s not fair on him!

  • 33 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 5, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Tough start for the TOON
    Premier league trying to give Manure Utd a flying start

  • 34 Bobbybee // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:01 PM

    Aarons is still under contract. The important issue is that in his contract, we have the option of another year, which people aren’t taking account of. We need to see how fit he is over a stretch of time. If his hamstring goes again, that might be of great concern. Then again, it might have been a one off. Aarons wants to sign. We want him to sign. We have this season to assess him properly, due to the option, so why rush it? See how he goes, then give him the contract he deserves. Everybody’s happy.

  • 35 LGFUAD21 // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Aaron’s is an exciting young developing player but he’s not the saviour e is being made to be. He’s still 2 seasons off being a starter for a decen prem club. I don’t like the fact we are pinning all our hopes on him being our left winger.

  • 36 EllaGuru // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Who is up for a Fantasy Football this season?

  • 37 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:13 PM

    Aarons a class player in the making – good on the ball beats defenders for fun but still has a lot to learn especially when to pass and cross. And not to give the ball away in silly places as easy as he did on Saturday for their goal.

  • 38 catchy in norway // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:30 PM


    got my team in already

    looking forward to both NUFC and the Fantasy league this season

  • 39 catchy in norway // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:31 PM


    its just nice to see my name isn’t being blamed for things 🙂

    top 6 this season

  • 40 davetoon // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:32 PM

    @LGFUAD21 its a good question – who will play on the left of midfield on Sunday

  • 41 DaraghL // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:40 PM

    Davetoon –

    Based on the last game…Obertan?

    Other than that, would have to be any of Cabella (must be lacking match fitness) or Gouffran (no thanks) .

    I would hope it’s Aarons, but I reckon it will be Obertan to start. Aarons will come on though.

  • 42 roblee7 // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:45 PM

    Hatem looking good pre-season. such a skillful technical player and such a shame he was either A) Pardewed or B) Lazy

  • 43 toonincheek // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:46 PM

    A couple of weeks ago, I read that Aarons’ contract expired at the end of June but that there was an option of a further year.

    Now, it seems to be June next year that his contract expires, with an option of a further year.

    What’s the truth?

  • 44 Ian Toon // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:51 PM

    The Guardian pre season forecast of Young player of the season: Rolando Aarons. It is qualified on the basis that the left winger can avoid the hamstring problems that ruined last season. Of others in contention, Ayoze Pérez and his developing attacking talent while Memphis Depay is viewed as an extremely exciting addition to Manchester United’s frontline armoury.
    Steven Gerrard had a series of muscle injuries around the same age as Aarons and was nursed along for a season; being frequently rested during his comeback season. Macca has already made it very clear that Rolando will not be rushed – suggesting a substitute appearance on Sunday.

  • 45 davetoon // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:53 PM

    you may be right that he starts Obertan but then if he plays a MF 5 of Obertan, Wijnaldum, Sissoko, Colback and Anita – there is no place for deJong

  • 46 TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:58 PM


  • 47 Ian Toon // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    The Mag have been all over the place this close season on expiring contracts; they don’t appear to have a central data base and largely leave it to individuals to determine article by article. I have found to be reliable on such issues and they state that Aarons contract expires in June 2017.

  • 48 roblee7 // Aug 5, 2015 at 2:59 PM

    On HBA, watching that video, if we’d never had him in the first place and he had a better attitude, he looks like just what we need at the mo 🙁

  • 49 roblee7 // Aug 5, 2015 at 3:00 PM

    Leroy Fer failed medical at Sunderland. good. he’s a top player and would vastly improved them!

  • 50 lochinvar // Aug 5, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Fer fails medical at Mackems and Pardew states Palace have no interest in Colo.
    Looks like we dodged one problem but might not have avoided another – unless Colo gets fit, leads by example and as Captain shouts the odds.

  • 51 DaraghL // Aug 5, 2015 at 3:11 PM

    Davetoon –

    Ye I struggle to see where De Jong will fit. My hope is that Wijnaldum will be the box to box player leaving it as:

    Colback (Or Anita/Tiote)
    Sissoko De Jong Obertan

    Seems fairly optimistic though…my hope is that’s how we line up for home games and revert to 2 defensive mids for the tougher away games.

  • 52 Transfer Sage // Aug 5, 2015 at 3:12 PM

    Would be good to get him tied down but can see it being quite difficult.

    Naturally he will be in no rush to sign as if he really kicks on this year it will make it a lot easier for him to get a big move for either more money or to a better club (or both).

    Young players now with a lot of hype tend to get given contracts of 20/30+ thousand a week, we simply won’t do that. (rightly so in my opinion as he hasn’t proven anything yet other than that he has potential) but that seems to go against current thinking by a lot of prem league clubs.

    Hopefully we can ease him through the season, build up his fitness and cut out the injuries. I’d rather see him feature as a sub rather than be out injured all season again…’s been a problem for a lot of players at the club.

  • 53 Transfer Sage // Aug 5, 2015 at 3:15 PM

    I’m not sure on what team I’d have for the first game, it’s actually nice knowing we have options in the middle of the park and a few forwards to chose from.

    Ideally if we can get another winger of quality and an experience prem league centre back we look quite strong.

    Other positions are fine for me, right back cover would be nice but we have a couple of options for short term injuries and can look to strengthen in january if janmaat has problems/injuries.

  • 54 Ian Toon // Aug 5, 2015 at 3:18 PM

    As I said a few days ago it was common knowledge at the Fulham v Palace game that Coloccini’s agent had been talking to Palace. Palace offered a 2 year contract but 3 year was sought. Pardew on BT’s , The Manager , implied that he would welcome him joining Palace.
    It’s hard to believe that our skipper is in such a strong bargaining position. Given his track record and on- going injury record.

  • 55 jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew // Aug 5, 2015 at 3:20 PM

    Lets just hope there will never come a day where Obertan is picked ahead of a fit Aaron or fit Cabella!

    …we should never witness such atrocity!

    I agree Aarons needs to be introduced slowly (which is why we need an upgrade on Gouf) but if he’s doing the right thing then age shouldn’t matter.

    We just need to be weary about fatigue with a kid like Aaron.

    Graeme…good article. I read it earlier 🙂

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