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Newcastle Could Lose Top Youngster This Summer

7:46 am, Monday, February 29th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 16 Comments

Rolando Aarons is finally back to fitness again and pushing for a place in Newcastle´s first team, but there are also some top European clubs circling who would like to sign him in the summer when he will become a free agent.

Newcastle cannot be accused in any way of being a well run club over the last three or four years and Rolando´s  contract will run out in the summer and Newcastle haven´t managed – for whatever reason – to get Rolando committed to a new deal.

With the youngster picking up so many injuries over the last 20 months, he´s played very few times for the first team – only 10 times with two goals since the summer of 2014 – so his injury record could be a problem.

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Rolando Aarons – free agent in the summer

But top clubs know a potentially very good player when they see one and news that Arsenal and Juventus are  two of the top European clubs interested in signing Rolando this summer.

It wouldn´t be too surprising if we lose Rolando in the summer and it would be more evidence that Newcastle simply don´t have good enough people running it – and another sign of the ineptitude that exists at  many levels.

Contract talks have been going on for a while with the 20 year-old, but no breakthroughs and Newcastle obviously know the lad´s contract runs out at the end of June.

It´s within Newcastle´s best interests to keep Rolando on Tyneside and certainly in interviews he´s given the Jamaican born youngster seems keen enough to stay at Newcastle.

So we´ll just have to wait and see what – if anything – Newcastle are doing with Rolando.

It would be good news if the club announces he has signed a new deal at Newcastle -= but we are not holding our breath.

If we do survive this season there should be a clear out of personnel and it’s not just with the playing squad.

Otherwise – always assuming we stay in the Premier League – Newcastle could spend £100M in the summer transfer market on new players and still be a bottom half club next season.

Newcastle have been dreadfully mismanaged at nearly all levels of the club over the last few years – that´s the truth – and it´s been manifesting itself over the last two seasons.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Contracts · Newcastle News · Rolando Aarons · Transfer News and Rumours

16 responses so far ↓

  • 1 JamesToon // Feb 29, 2016 at 7:49 AM

    Would be gutted if we lost Rolando

  • 2 JamesToon // Feb 29, 2016 at 7:50 AM

    To be fair to him, I wouldn’t blame him if he wanted to join another club e.g like Arsenal who actually develop youngsters properly. Our academy and youth coaching is a mess right now

  • 3 hibbitt // Feb 29, 2016 at 7:55 AM

    we don’t seem to be making any effort to keep these young players why…….. who is making the decisions to let them go and why

  • 4 Toon Tang // Feb 29, 2016 at 8:11 AM

    Play him in the correct position damn it.

  • 5 Jib // Feb 29, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    Training on Friday any hints as to selection ?
    Dummett and Mitro to the right Rivi with his back to camera next to them

  • 6 jayphoto // Feb 29, 2016 at 8:13 AM

    See both sides of this. His injury record is shocking to be fair, but then newcastles as a whole is. Perhaps it is the club that is injury prone??
    On his part, he’s a southern raised guy, apparently an Arsenal fan but if I were him I’d be onto my agent trying to get a move to Spurs! Play the right football, the right manager, the right philosophy!

  • 7 jayphoto // Feb 29, 2016 at 8:16 AM

    All this is regardless though because I’m fairly sure Newcastle have either a 12 or 18th month option on his contract which might explain why theres no rush!
    I’d play him more though! His enthusiasm and exuberance are what the first team needs. Id play him and Townsend in the wide positions. Playing players like sissoko away from home, despite the guys talent is going to get us relegated

  • 8 toontaff2 // Feb 29, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    We could always replace him with another star French signing!

  • 9 jayphoto // Feb 29, 2016 at 8:17 AM

    @Jib – that picture is just McClaren telling Riviere that he actually needs to hit the target if hes going to warm up the keeper.

  • 10 Jib // Feb 29, 2016 at 8:18 AM

    I would guess Jonjo has been popping balls in for Mitro and Rivi to attack against Dummy and Taylor defending Elliots goal.
    I can’t see him playing Rivi and Mitro together – surely they are subs for each other !
    I can see him playing Dummy as centre half

  • 11 firebug666 // Feb 29, 2016 at 8:19 AM

    What incentives do we have to offer young players? The first team, U21’s and U18’s all suck! There is no philosophy in place, no winning mentality to be found anywhere within the club.

    The players, staff et al’ can all talk a good game, but is seems none of our teams can play one.

    If I was playing for Newcastle at any level and another team even hinted they wanted me, I would be packed and waiting for them.

    We are so very poor from top to bottom, I am always surprised if a youngster signs a new contract.

  • 12 Jib // Feb 29, 2016 at 8:23 AM

    Rivi had a long term knee injury that Alessandro Schoenmaker accused the previous regime of mis-diagnosing .
    Hopefully we now have the player we thought we were getting from Monaco !

  • 13 ToonMatt // Feb 29, 2016 at 8:39 AM

    I’ve always rated him and if he goes to a club like Arsenal with a proper manager and set up he will become a class player, Good luck to him, It’s a shame the way our club is headed under Ashley it’s a complete mess from top to bottom.

  • 14 Sav // Feb 29, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    It is HIS injury record that’s a problem or OUR record with injuries that’s a problem? A contract at NUFC should contain a health warning.
    We clearly aren’t blessed with talent at any youth level as the U18 and U21 record is as dismal as the senior squad’s. Something has to be done about our ‘Academy’ system.
    Meanwhile, we see Olivier Kemen who never has a sniff here, played for Lyon against PSG last night and they WON. Someone’s head should roll for letting this one get away. And if Aarons is allowed to leave after a couple of games played out of position (so much for protecting our young players), the whole lot of them should be shown the door.

  • 15 lesh // Feb 29, 2016 at 10:09 AM

    James T

    The Club’s a mess from top to bottom!

    We owe a great debt of gratitude to Ashley and his flunkies. Useless gits!

  • 16 No Defence // Feb 29, 2016 at 11:40 AM

    Should give the lad (Aarons) a contact with a claws saying when you have played so many games the money will go up.

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