Yesterday, Rolando Aarons finally made his first ever Premier League start.
A much talked about player but one who has been more injured than not and even when fit, overlooked by Alan Pardew, John Carver and Steve McClaren.
Playing as a left wing-back, Rolando Aarons had a pretty good chance in the opening minutes but placed it wide, the story of Newcastle United’s day.
Replaced on the hour by Yoan Gouffran, it shows just how limited the team/squad is.
As for Rolando Aarons, he didn’t really get involved enough and certainly there was little sign of an improved service for Mitrovic from the wings.
I think most fans would think Rolando Aarons deserves a run in the team, both for his and Newcastle United’s benefit.
His flashes of undoubted promise previously, if they could be turned into something of more substance, could go a long way to helping United survive.
What though did the player himself think of his first ever Premier League start?
Rolando Aarons talking to the club’s official tv channel:
“The team is disappointed because we thought it was a game we could win and obviously we haven’t, so we just have to keep going really. It wasn’t the best of days for us.”
‘What was the mood at half-time because the first half performance – must have been reasonably pleased?’
“We were quite optimistic, we thought we going to like, go out and kill the game off because we thought we had the stronger team.
“But they got an early goal…well two goals, and it kind of killed our momentum and had to start again – but it was tough.”
‘Even after the second goal, still chances to get something?’
“Yes, I think we have been quite unlucky throughout the whole season, we are not really getting the goals but we are getting the chances. Hopefully they’ll start going in.”
‘On a personal level, your first Premier League start of the season and not your natural position, but you must be really pleased to be back out there playing?’
“Obviously it is a pleasure to play for Newcastle United and today was no different.
“Obviously I am disappointed with the result but on a personal note this (making first ever Premier League start) is a big thing for me.”
‘You are close to Jamaal Lascelles, making his full Premier League debut?’
“I thought Jamaal was unbelievable today and in the second half at 2-0 down, he dug deep and showed his defensive abilities and his goaclscoring abilities – I thought he was good today.”
‘A bit of a break (11 days) until the next game – a positive or a negative?’
“Neither really. We just take every game as it comes. If 10 days days away or four days away, we have to prepare the same.”