We have been very impressed with some of the Newcastle players who have come out since Sunday and said they want to stay on Tyneside for next season.
It seems a lot of that has to do with the possibility that the great Rafa Benitez will still be our manager at that time.
Rolando Aarons brilliantly scores the fourth Newcastle goal on Sunday
Rolando Aarons signed his first professional contract with Newcastle in April two years ago and it was for two years – but Newcastle probably have a one year option on that, which they will no doubt pick up this summer.
This is what the 20 year has said in his interview with the Chronicle today:
“Yeah, I love Newcastle. You can tell by my celebration how much it means to me.”
“I want to stay here. I’m not focused on contracts I just want to play games and score goals, that’s all that matters to me.”
“Next season there will be more games so there’s more opportunities. I am looking to take them more than I did last season.”
“Everybody wants to be here. You could tell against Spurs that nobody was thinking about the summer.” “We want to put performances in for the fans. Everybody is up for it here.”
“It is tougher than the Premier League in terms of games, there’s two a week. We just have to get through it and get straight back up.”
“We needed to restore our pride after being relegated and it was a good way to end the season. We hit form too late.”
“Being relegated never does you any favors, but we just have to deal with it. We have quality players and we have to bounce back.”
“It’s taken 38 games in a season for me but I finally got there and got a goal.” “I am happy with my individual and team performance but it does not make up for relegation.”
“We just have to focus on next season and get back to the Premier League.”
Rolando has suffered from a number of hamstring and other injuries since making his sensational debut a couple of years ago in pre-season, but we are hoping with Rafa in charge his injury problems are over with.
Roland is an excellent young player, as he showed on Sunday and that was some goal from the 20 year-old, when he quite brilliantly smashed the ball into the net from a narrow angle, as several Spurs defenders were wondering what was going on.
It’s exciting to think what Rafa Benitez can do for this Jamaican born winger next season.
Anything and everything seems possible.