Rolando Aarons had a great preseason last year and he was thought to be a tremendous young talent coming through for Newcastle – after he had just signed his first professional contract the previous March along with Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman.
But fast forward to this year and Rolando has been injured most of the time since then and he had hamstring problems all last season that kept him out of the side for long periods.
Rolando Aarons – lots of injury problems
This season he is currently out of the side until maybe early next year with a foot problem and he is still on crutches as he tries to recover from his latest injury.
Rolando signed a one year deal with a one year option last year and he’s on his one year option now, so that his current contract runs out next summer, but Newcastle will have a decision to make as to what contract they will offer him.
In the last one and a half years when we get to the end of this year Rolando will have played only ten times for the Newcastle first team because of injuries over the last eighteen months.
And it’s unlikely that top clubs will be willing to come in and pay big money for a youngster who has been out so much with injury.
Maybe the best thing Newcastle can do is to offer Rolando a new deal that has some incentives in it for the number of games he plays and his goals and assists.
Certainly Newcastle still want to keep him at the club because when he does play he’s an outstanding player.
Rolando himself is very frustrated by what’s happened over the last year and a half but injuries are part and parcel of the game and hopefully this is just a bad spell he’s going through at the moment with injuries.
Steven Taylor is another player whose contract runs out next June and he has had injury problems for much longer than Rolando.
Since January of 2010 when he was injured in our promotion season and Mike Williamson was brought in to fill in for him for the rest of the season, he has played only 86 times for the first team in what will be six years.
That’s an average of about 14 appearances a year.
We’d be surprised if Newcastle extend Steven’s contract next June, so it could be the local lad will be leaving Newcastle when his current contract runs out.
What do you think?