Rolando Aarons believes that one of the biggest improvements Rafa benitez has made, is that now all the Newcastle players ‘know what they are doing’.
In this latest interview ahead of the new season, the Newcastle winger reveals that the best player he has ever played with is Hatem Ben Arfa, although he admits that is a bit of a cheat as the pair only ever trained together.
Rolando Aarons turns 21 in November and despite the signs of promise, the fact remains that he has made only three league starts for Newcastle due to injury and variable form.
One of Steve McClaren’s not so great ideas (amongst the many) was to play the winger at full-back, getting away with it against an ultra negative West Brom in a 1-0 win, but totally exposed as McClaren’s clueless tactics greatly contributed to a 5-1 hammering at Stamford Bridge.
Rolando Aarons was given the last 14 minutes of last season under Rafa Benitez, coming on as a sub against Tottenham and looking very bright, scoring the fifth goal in that 5-1 last day of the season surprise.
In four years time, Aarons’ ambition is to be part of an England team/squad competing in Euro 2020, as well as playing in the ‘international game’ at a high level for his club.
A big season for Rolando Aarons, let’s hope he achieves his ambitions with Newcastle…and England.
Rolando Aarons speaking to FBB TV:
Who is the best player you have played with?
“I didn’t actually play with him but did train with him, so I am going for Hatem Ben Arfa.”
Best player you have played against?
“David Silva, Yaya Toure.”
If Newcastle could sign one England player who would it be?”
“Daniel Sturridge, he is my favourite player.”
Funniest player at Newcastle?
What is your dream five a side team?
“It is all the old school days: Ronaldinho, old Ronaldo (Brazil one), old Zidande, Figo and Casillas.
Which football team did you grow up supporting?
“From what I remember, I grew up supporting Arsenal, then there was a game and if we lost I had to support Manchester United, I think we lost and I have supported Man Utd since then, I don’t know if that makes me a fake fan or not…”
Where do you see yourself in five years time?
“Well in four years time I hope to be in the next Euros with England and just the international game at a high level, that’s what I want to do.”
What is the difference that Rafa has made at Newcastle?
“I think been a bit more organised now, everybody knows what they are doing. It has seemed to give us a bit of a push with his stature.”