McClaren’s Surprising Assessment Of Newcastle Teenager

19 year-old Rolando Aarons is unfortunately out injured again – this time with an ankle injury – and he may not be fit to play before the end of this year – but it seems that at that time Steve McClaren will send the former Bristol City youngster out on loan.

It seems the head coach surprisingly doesn’t think the winger is ready for the Premier League and if he had been fit he would already be on loan somewhere.

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Rolando Aarons – to be sent out on loan

McClaren has recently decided that 19 year-old Ivan Toney needs regular first team football and he’s been sent on loan to Barnsley for an initial period of 28 days.

This is what the head coach has said about teenager Ivan:

“Yeah, he has gone on loan, and if Rolando hadn’t got injured we’d have been thinking about him as well.”

“These players need game time. You know, Willo – Mike Williamson – too. I think the main thing is we’re concentrating on what players we have here and what players we need here.”

“We always said he’d have three months training with us and then out on loan.”

“That was the plan. Same with Rolando, but he’s not quite there. Other players much the same, especially Adam Armstrong.”

We thought Rolando would come straight into the side this season as long as he was fit,  but obviously McClaren has seen things that suggest the teenager needs to go out on loan before he’s ready for Newcastle.

It’s better that players who are not playing regularly at Newcastle go out to play at other clubs so they can both develop in the case of our younger players and also keep match fit in cases of older players like Mike Williamson.

However, Newcastle will need to let some players leave in January and Willo looks like one who will be leaving us after being at the club for six years since we signed him from Portsmouth in January 2010.

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