The Chronicle have an excellent report on Rolando Aarons and his struggle to get back into the fold at Newcastle United.
We all know of Rolando’s struggle with fitness at Newcastle which has not only hampered his development but led to him being left out of the squad recently.
He was ready to breakthrough three years ago when Rafa Benitez had him in the first-team in Rafa’s first full season in charge.
It all went terribly wrong as he broke a bone in his foot just four games into that season. Then when he was about to return from his foot injury, he ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament in training.
INJURY NEWS: @RolandoAarons suffers ACL injury
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He has featured sparingly for Newcastle since those injuires and has had three separate loan spells at Hellas Verona, Slovan Liberec, and most recently under Steve Bruce at Sheffield Wednesday.
He has been interviewed by the Chronicle and this is what he has said about his optimism for this coming season:
“I want to be back to the way I was.
“I’m just the same (as well-wishing fans), I go into another season feeling optimistic and this season is the same for me.
“I want to play Premier League and I think I am good enough to play Premier League.
“I am fit for a shirt at Newcastle. I am buzzing.
“I only ever just wanted to play for Newcastle United and now I’m back.”
We certainly hope Rolando can get back to the way he was when we thought we had a possible superstar at the club. He’s had some outstanding performances like the 3-3 draw at St James Park against Crystal Palace in August of 2014.
However, he would suffer a thigh injury after that game that kept him out until he had a shock start against Manchester City in the League Cup towards the end of October where he was outstanding only to be withdrawn at half-time.
He was possibly brought back too soon in that thrilling win against Manchester City and would make a start the following game at Liverpool only to suffer a hamstring injury that kept him out until May.
Now he hopes this is all behind him and he can get back into form. He feels now is the perfect time to resurrect his career at Newcastle.
Steve Bruce recently said that all players will have a clean slate under him. It looks like Aarons will take this new opportunity and run with it.
This is what he has said about Steve Bruce and his new chance at Newcastle:
“I know Steve Bruce really well.
“He took me on loan last season and he gave me that chance.
“So it’s nice to get that chance to play for him again.”
“It’s the clean break I have been waiting for.
“In the last few years I haven’t been playing as much I wanted.
“The year before last I did my ACL.
“Hopefully now I get the game time I have thrived and start playing for the club week in, week out.”
We hope Aarons can stay fit and earn a place in the team. If he can find any consistency and remain injury-free, he may just be able to have an impact this season.