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McClaren’s Surprising Assessment Of Newcastle Teenager

8:44 am, Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 5 Comments

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.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Ivan Toney · Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Newcastle U21 · Newcastle Youth · Premier League · Rolando Aarons

5 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Our Toon // Nov 17, 2015 at 9:04 AM


    Sounds very refreshing mate, I can’t understand why it is so hard for all to live together and in peace….maybe it has to do with power and money.

    Dok apologies mate for yesterday evening I was directing anything towards you buddy.

    Offkey – inciting hatred by saying lives in other parts of the world mean just as much as those in western countries? Please tell me how that’s inciting hatred?

    Reyan I’m British by birth so if I come across as anything it’s being a British Geordie Muslim mate 

    Anyway let’s continue with the footy debate….think we’ll find it tough against Leicester at the weekend, Janmaat and sissoko will have to keep Mahrez and vardy quiet as they love that LW

  • 2 will die for the toon army // Nov 17, 2015 at 9:05 AM

    I remember Mcca saying that he will trim his squad to 18-20players. That means he has a close squad to work with every day send others on loan to have match fitness with an emergency loan for every player.

    Jst didnt work out coz we have so much deadwood and injury prone players with no quality and value.

  • 3 BandB // Nov 17, 2015 at 9:06 AM

    So you don’t think you don’t a reserves pool Steve?
    Better that everyone who can’t make the match day squad goes out on loan to get some football?
    Even when that match day squad is frequently being bulked up with under-21 players with no first team experience?
    Will you be happy if they don’t come back? Will you “trust them” if they aren’t replaced in any great hurry?
    Do you accept that that club can’t afford two players in every position, and that we’ll have 11 purples with the rest made up by youngsters, even though some of our “purples’ are themselves no more than bargain basement signings lacking in real quality?
    Are you prepared to pretend this is about anything other than saving money and happy to trot out to attempt to blind the fans with it?
    Looks like they got their man, Steve.

  • 4 will die for the toon army // Nov 17, 2015 at 9:20 AM


    You are rushing my man. Mcca has a plan. He made mistakes in summer coz he was learning his squad. If Aarons goes on loan i wld second that. Coz he has no chance he has 3 subs ahead of him.

    In Cisse, De Jong and Thauvin.

    We dont have 2 players in one position but with the right investment we arent far away we made a mistake in letting Kemen Bigi and Abeid leave. Those were up coming CMs and with Tiote and Anita

  • 5 robertsleftfoot // Nov 17, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    I do understand sending the young guys out on loan to get some game time. totally agree with that.

    The bit where it falls down for me is that rather than say sending Aarons on loan, why dont we dump Gouffran instead which moves Aarons closer up the pecking order to play.

    I would probably also rather keep young Adam Armstrong and dump Riviere off the tyne bridge to be honest.

    Opening up a can of worms with this again but 2 fine signings orchestrated by the almighty Graham Carr.

    Riviere and Gouffran as much use as playing with 10

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