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Top Youngster’s Injury Record A Concern

1:48 pm, Saturday, November 14th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Injuries · Newcastle News · Other News · Premier League

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Graeme // Nov 14, 2015 at 2:07 PM

    Sick-note Taylor should be released as soon as possible. Has he ever managed 20 games in a year? Let alone a full season??

  • 2 Ibizatoon // Nov 14, 2015 at 2:19 PM

    Graeme…According to our friends at Wiki, which doesn’t specify starts / sub appearances, Taylor has managed over 20 games in a season on 6 occassions, from 11 seasons, not including the current campaign. 3 of those seasons he managed 30+ appearances, it is also worth noting that in 2 of those 3 seasons, NUFC had European football. So basically, in his career, he appears to have only played 30+ games in the PL once (2007/08).

    Still, maybe hes’ worth another chance, surely his luck is due to change soon? No purchase fee required.

  • 3 Lindisfarne // Nov 14, 2015 at 2:30 PM

    Pretty good summary of last nights Ingerlond match. I only managed to catch the second half, after the first goal I half watched it and switched it off after the second. Unsurprisingly it was a ‘fur coat and no knickers’ performance, we hardly looked in control whilst in attack or defence whilst the midfield was more or less invisible.

  • 4 BeeGuy // Nov 14, 2015 at 2:50 PM

    Pardew played him injured and he has never gotten back to fit. I’d never let him practice without some type of protective boot.

  • 5 Sav // Nov 14, 2015 at 10:45 PM

    I think Obertan has been playing in protective boots the last 4 year. About time he took the buggers off.

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