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Good Work – Goalkeeper Key In Late Loan Move To Former Club

Rolando Aarons has moved to Czech club FC Slovan Liberec on loan after missing out on a potential move to a Bulgarian club only yesterday.

And it turns out, our Slovakian goalkeeper Martin Dubravka, who played for FC Slovan Liberec from 2016-2017 was asked by the Liberec manager Zsolt Hornyak about Rolando.

And after some positive comments about the winger from the Newcastle goalkeeper, Liberec signed him on loan until January and as we said earlier today that’s good for Rolando.

Rolando Aarons – bye for now

Here’s the official announcement from Newcastle today:

Rolando Aarons has joined FC Slovan Liberec on loan.

The winger has completed a six-month switch to the Modrobílí, who are currently eighth in the Czech top flight.”

Aarons, 22, made his Magpies debut against Manchester City on the opening day of the 2014/15 season, and has made 27 appearances for the club, scoring four times.”

The former England under-20 international was loaned to Italian side Hellas Verona for the second half of last season, and made 11 Serie A appearances.

And here’s the official Liberec announcement on their Twitter account:

Liberec manager  Zsolt Hornyak, who was appointed this summer by the Czech club, spoke with Dubravka about Rolando and here’s what he has said about the move on the Czech club’s website today:

“Of course, we tried to find out about Aarons the maximum information we could.” 

“From what we found, we knew he could be a good reinforcement for us offensively; he is a quick winger and he should sit well in our style of play.”

“With the signing of Rolando, we were helped by former goalkeeper Martin Dubravka , who is currently in Newcastle.”

“He gave us positive feedback and provided him with basic information about our club and the city.”

It is deadline day in the Czech Republic for transfers and loan deals.

Good work by Martin Dubravka – wonder if he is friends with any of the top Czech players who may want to have the huge opportunity to move to Newcastle United in January or next summer?

Comments welcome.

93 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #1

    cook showing why i’ll be glad when he’s gone, so painfully dour, defensive, boring and negative to watch. only scoring 1.5 runs an over. bumble lloyd saying the public loves the likes of boycott, atherton and cook. well not me.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #2


    You’ll be glad to see that the score has rocketed to 2.15 per over now, oh and Cook is out.

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #3

    jesper, you been on the sauce early?

    Sounds like you’ve been breaking bottles in the hall matey


  • Bobbybee

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #4

    And the collapse begins. Root and Bairstow out for ducks. Seriously, at least Cook scored some bloody runs. Same old same old.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #5


    I missed that, but I’m sure young Curran will dig us out of the hole again.

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #6

    Bill, aye, relying on a twenty year old to bail out the so called best players in England. Seems to me they’ve all become a bit too complacent with these central contracts. In between tests they need to get back to their county sides and get some cricket played.
    Looks like white ball cricket will see the end of five day tests matches. I like twenty20 but I like test matches too.

  • Jib

    Sep 7, 2018 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #7

    Give Jesper break lads
    The Scandinavians haven’t got a scooby doo
    about the sport of gentlemen

  • Bobbybee

    Sep 7, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #8

    Sport – period. 🙂

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 7, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #9

    Well, it’s doing well in Sweden Jib – not played by ethnic Swedes much but by the refugee / immigrant population by all accounts. If they have some success, it could take off.


  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 7, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #10

    I think Rafa is a bit miffed at some of the labelling going on in the media after the defensive set up ‘s against Chelski and Citeh. Parking the bus is now becoming a common theme for us with Alan Brazil comparing Rafa’s tactics with Terry Griffith’s boring and grinding style on the snooker table.

    It only takes a few high profile pundits to start these labels and unfortunately they do tend to stick. Rafa has tried to remain dignified and positive whist defending his tactics but it seems unfair that a man who has achieved so much in the game should be reduced to trying to scrape results due to a selfish , uncaring greedy fat pig of an owner.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 7, 2018 at 5:45 PM

    Comment #11

    Betty…I’d say this is nothing new for Rafa. It’s not like he arrived here with a reputation of being an attacking manager. I’m sure there are articles out there from over the years, by respected pundits, pointing to the same thing.

    I’m not sure my gripe with Ashley is that he’s forcing tactics on Rafa. Let’s say we’d spent another £20-40m in the summer. I haven’t looked, but it’s a guess at an average spend of PL clubs this summer (could be off, if so, sorry), do we think that would have given Rafa want he wants to take a game to Man City or Chelsea? Personally, I think he’d still be approaching those games in a similar fashion. Where my gripe with it comes, is that with that extra money, those 2 or 3 players with a bit of magic, those results, even with those tactics, could have given us something. It’s not like we were out of sight in either game, or any game this season.

    I don’t think Rafa gives two hoots what pundits think about his approach. It’s served him well for long enough, when he needs to use it. I think lack of quality to implement that plan is his issue.

  • hibbit

    Sep 7, 2018 at 5:56 PM

    Comment #12

    this might help Ibizatoon

    20. Newcastle – £28.2m profit (spent £17m, received £45.2m)
    Mike Ashley’s faces mounting protests as the Magpies continue to rein in their transfer spending, leaving Rafael Benitez frustrated.

    19. Watford – £13.4m profit (spent £30.3m, received £43.7m)
    Richarlison has departed and the Hornets have reinvested most – but not all – of the cash.

    18. Tottenham – £2.2m profit (spent £0m, received £2.2m)
    Keanan Bennetts left for Borussia Monchengladbach… and that’s all.

    17. Leicester – £5.9m (spent £81m, received £75.1m)
    The Foxes have spread the Riyad Mahrez money around on some exciting talents and shrewd buys.

    16. Crystal Palace – £9.5m (spent £9.5m, received £0m)
    The Eagles’ top signing Max Meyer arrived on a free transfer, Cheick Kouyate is the only permanent deal in or out.

    Transfer news
    Transfer news: Which Premier League stars have the top net spend this summer? (Image: Getty Images)
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    Transfer news: Rafael Benitez has been concerned with Newcastle’s spending this summer (Image: Getty Images)
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    Transfer news: Riyad Mahrez finally left Leicester this summer (Image: Getty Images)
    15. Manchester City – £25.2m (spent £62.5m, received £37.4m)
    City have cashed in on several promising youngsters, with Mahrez their main incoming transfer.

    14. Cardiff – £28.5m (spent £28.5m, received £0m)
    Josh Murphy has been the Bluebirds’ biggest outlay this summer.

    13. Bournemouth – £29.4m (spent £47.7m, received £18.3m)
    The Cherries smashed their transfer record with a £27m deal for Jefferson Lerma among other incomings and outgoings.

    12. Burnley – £29.5m (spent £29.5m, received £0m)
    Sean Dyche has made more shrewd moves ahead of the new season, including Championship top scorer Matej Vydra.

    11. Huddersfield – £32.1m (spent £42.9m, received £10.8m)
    Eight signings have arrived, 12 players have left. All change for the Terriers.

    Chelsea transfer news: Dennis Wise predicts two further deals
    Man Utd transfer news: ‘United to sign three’ – Neville prediction
    Transfer news

    Transfer news: Marco Silva spent big money bring Richarlison with him to Everton (Image: Getty Images)
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    Transfer news: Fred is Manchester United’s biggest signing of the summer (Image: Getty Images)
    Andre Gomes shares his excitement at joining Everton
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    10. Everton – £33.4m (spent £53.6m, received £20.3m)
    Richarlison and Lucas Digne cost hefty sums from Watford and Barcelona respectively.

    9. Southampton – £44.5m (spent £54.5m, received £10m)
    The Saints have made four solid signings including 6’7” towering centre-back Jannick Vestergaard.

    8. Brighton – £49.6m (spent £57.1m, received £7.5m)
    Chris Hughton has strengthened his team in every area in a bid to establish the Seagulls.

    7. Manchester United – £51.6m (spent £70.9m, received £19.3m)
    Jose Mourinho will be frustrated by a lack of activity, though £52m signing Fred is a plus.

    6. Wolves – £64.1m (spent £69.8m, received £5.7m)
    Fuelled by Jorge Mendes links, Wolves have snapped up several Portuguese stars including Rui Patricio and Joao Moutinho.

    Transfer news

    Transfer news: Mateo Kovacic has joined Chelsea on loan from Real Madrid (Image: Getty Images)
    Transfer news

    Transfer news: Alisson has already been surpassed as the world record fee goalkeeper (Image: Getty Images)
    5. Arsenal – £64.8m (spent £68.3m, received £3.5m)
    Unai Emery has made a series of solid signings rather than focusing on one or two world class stars.

    4. Fulham – £68m (spent £72m, received £4.1m)
    The Cottagers have fired numerous statements of intent with the captures of Jean Michael Seri, Andre Schurrle and Alfie Mawson.

    3. West Ham – £82.3m (spent £94.9m, received £12.5m)
    A blend of big-money moves and shrewd additions will see the Hammers gunning for the top half of the league.

    2. Chelsea – £87.3m (spent £128.6m, received £41.3m)
    A turbulent start to the summer has exploded into life with two huge deals for Jorginho and Kep Arrizabalaga.

    1. Liverpool – £155.4m (spent £167.9m, received £12.5m)
    Four top quality signings have arrived to reinforce the Reds’ title charge – will it be enough to conquer Manchester City?

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 7, 2018 at 6:01 PM

    Comment #13

    Hibbit…Thanks, it wasn’t that I couldn’t find it, but didn’t want to do the calculation to be honest. If we had spent £40m more then, we’d be sitting 16th, just above City.

    I guess an extra £50-60m would put us 11-14, i guess a reasonable place. How many players of quality to really change our team would we get? We sold Mitro for £22m, so would it be fair to say 3-4 players? Should it change my overall point?

  • DubaiMicky

    Sep 7, 2018 at 6:02 PM

    Comment #14

    One of the best days of my life, Thursday June 5th 1997, Edgbaston, great day, sunny, we bowled them out before tea. I was hammered drunk, 2 days later i got married in Lichfield, reception at The Belfry. The wedding pics? Well I was more than just beetroot coloured.

    Cost serious 5 figures, was ended inside 3 years.

    She got the house.

  • Black and white armpit

    Sep 7, 2018 at 6:10 PM

    Comment #15


  • Nostradamus the Geordie

    Sep 7, 2018 at 6:28 PM

    Comment #16

    Back from Vacation, god I sound so American. A few weeks back I mentioned that its annoying that we are 4 / 5 world class players short of having a team that would make things very interesting with clubs having to play us. Some said that would cost around 200 Million, but I thought I would check out some deals and see if 80 – 100 million would have been possible to get 4 / 5 players in that would have changed or season. This is the thing, if only Ashley understood that Newcastle could be a bigger, better club that competes for everything including Europe. So lets start the ball rolling, Zappacosta Def 25 Mill, Dembele ( Celtic ) Attack 19 Million, Gabriel Jesus Attack 27 Mill, Grubbels Attack 18 Mill, Plea Attack 20 Mill, Deulofeu Attack number 10 roll 13 Mill, Kluivert Attack 15 Mill, Verdi Attack 22 Mill, Traore Mid Wing 20 Mill, Seri Mid 17 Mill, Pastore Mid 22 Mill, Matteo Guendouzi Mid 9 Mill, Mawson Def 15 Mill, Sokratis Def 14 Mill. Digne Def 22 Mill, Dalot Def 19 Mill, Pereira Def 22 Mill. The funny thing is we were linked with some of these players, so looking we could pick combinations of 5 players and get them between 80 – 100 Million, with the sale of players and letting Rafa use that money that would bring the total outlay to say 60 – 65 Million for any of these five players. Still a snip of a deal considering the club made 100 plus million from the league.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 7, 2018 at 6:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Exciting thoughts Nostradamus but nothing to do with us as it would require massive spending. We don’t even do small spending in windows, we make a profit and then go silent and hide from the press.

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 7, 2018 at 6:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Ibiza……….. When asked about his defensive set up Rafa has been quick to point out that things weren’t done in the summer that he asked for and therefore he has to play to the strengths of the players at his disposal.
    What I found a bit cringeworthy was him then having to remind us that he has had attacking teams when the players were available to him to play that style.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 7, 2018 at 6:49 PM

    Comment #19

    I would be amazed if Rafa still sees it as a possibility that Newcastle will becomone a strong, contending club under him. How would that be possible exactly? With virtually no money to spend. Selling the best players we have at the earliest possible chance? Bringing in average at best players. It just doesn’t seem likely that Rafa will stay beyond this season unless he is actually a closet masochist.

  • GeordieTwo

    Sep 7, 2018 at 6:52 PM

    Comment #20

    As soon as Rafa leaves the ugliness will truly begin. Because Ashley will be unable to replace him with anyone of similar quality. So back to mediocre w@ankers and back to being a yo-yo club. That’s the future under Ashley. We have to really hurt him financially before he will leave. The question is what is the best way to do that?

  • Graeme

    Sep 7, 2018 at 6:57 PM

    Comment #21

    G2 – Pay a Mackem 10k to remove him??

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 7, 2018 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #22

    G2………. There’s not a lot we can do with Ashley. I suppose we could hollow him out and make a canoe.

  • Black and white armpit

    Sep 7, 2018 at 7:30 PM

    Comment #23

    A canoe? More like a tug.

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 7, 2018 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #24

    We could melt him down for candles

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 7, 2018 at 8:13 PM

    Comment #25

    Hey Rob…was the Pink Floyd reference that lost on you?…or do you just have an attitude problem!

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 7, 2018 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #26

    Betty…I got your point and know what he said (not meant aggressively).

    I suppose the issue is getting a bit blurred at the minute and Rafa feels he’s having to be even more defensive than even he’d like. I’m just not sure where this thing about being defensive against clearly better teams being bad has come from. With better players at his disposal, they’d be able to attack much better, I do still think that he’d be set up somewhat defensively. It’s his philosophy. Don’t concede. Then score. Then you win, but you won’t lose.

    Not knocking it.

    I think Rafa is more playing his game with Ashley, which personally I commend him for and that’s the bit that makes me cringe. He shouldn’t have to beg for the funds.

    I think he’s been in the game for far too long and heard it all before to really care that much what some pundits are saying.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Sep 7, 2018 at 8:26 PM

    Comment #27

    So are we having a 101 uses for Ashley session.

    How about hiring him out to refugees, I’m sure the smugglers could fit a fair few on him!

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 7, 2018 at 8:27 PM

    Comment #28

    jesper, I was quoting lyrics from earlier in the same verse you quoted, I thought you would get it.

    Hey you, out there beyond the wall
    Breaking bottles in the hall
    Can you help me?
    Hey you, don’t tell me there’s no hope at all
    Together we stand, divided we fall

    I thought it was amusing, sorry if it caused offence, I never thought for a second you had been drinking. Maybe I was a bit too abstruse

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 7, 2018 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #29

    Betsy..Rafa has always been defensive! Even with a bigger budget…

    …not even sure that’s the issue people are bring up! It’s more so the issues we have bridging the defense and attack!

    Even Rafa made a reference to that…it’s an issue! And a big one!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 7, 2018 at 8:29 PM

    Comment #30

    Rob…no one got your comment to me…

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Sep 7, 2018 at 8:31 PM

    Comment #31

    …but if that was sincere I’ll take it!

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 7, 2018 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #32

    Jesper, just a misunderstanding. It sounded funny in my head, obviously didn’t translate well, no offence meant.

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 7, 2018 at 8:38 PM

    Comment #33

    101 uses for Ashley – knot a rope round his gonads and use him as a weather balloon

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 7, 2018 at 8:39 PM

    Comment #34

    Fly him to orbit and use him to counteract Tsunamis

  • cyprus

    Sep 7, 2018 at 8:48 PM

    Comment #35

    Hope Rolando makes it. It’s almost last chance cafe, despite his young age.

    Ed, careful, you almost committed a mortal sin: criticising Rafa, in the Woody article!

    On the game tomorrow: come on lads, be brave, attack! A 2-2 I think-hope. Although soon we’ll be needing three pointers, in order to stay in touch.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 7, 2018 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #36

    Cyrpus…Which game tomorrow?

  • RobLeenio

    Sep 7, 2018 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #37

    Use him as a draught excluder for the Channel Tunnel

  • bettyswallocks

    Sep 7, 2018 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #38

    Jesper………… Rafa would explain his team set up as compact and organised providing a solid base to build attacks or catching teams on the break.
    Were we to have a couple more flair players or more effective wingers ( eg Traore) who was within our reach, then our attacking threat would be far more efficient and exciting to watch.
    The fact Rafa doesn’t have those players to call upon is the fault of one man only.

  • Ibizatoon

    Sep 7, 2018 at 9:12 PM

    Comment #39

    Finding uses for Ashley? I know it’s a game, but surely, you know, find ways to get rid of Ashley…

    Sorry G2! Too serious. Harrumph!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Sep 7, 2018 at 9:17 PM

    Comment #40

    A driving range net!!!


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