Since the Mirror is a preferred media partner of Newcastle United, the tendency is to think that what they publish is based to some extent on inside information at the club – but that looks like a false assumption.
Yesterday an article in the Mirror reported that McClaren was willing to loan Rolando Aarons out so he could get first team games.
Rolando Aarons – not going on loan
Putting two and two together that would suggest that Steve McClaren didn´t think Rolando was ready to contribute to the first team at the moment – but that´s not true as head coach Steve McClaren has hit back at the report.
When asked if Rolando would go out on a short-term loan as the Mirror had reported, this is what Steve McClaren said:
“No, no.” “He has a little niggle at the present moment and he is part of our plans.”
“Again, another player who is perfect for our style and our system with his speed and pace.”
“At the present moment he is with us.”
Rolando´s contract runs out next summer so we are hoping that he will sign a new long-term contract shortly, but we are also surprised he has appeared only twice for the Newcastle first team so far this season.
We had Rolando in our team for today´s game against Chelsea, but he may not be fit because of that niggle he has.
This is the team we would like to see start today.
Janmaat Mbemba Coloccini (c) Haidara
Wijnaldum de Jong Aarons
Subs: Darlow Lascelles Williamson Anita Thauvin Obertan Perez
If we can get anything out of this game today – it will be a (big) plus.