After breaking into the Newcastle first team in August 2014 with a number of encouraging displays and a first senior goal against Schalke in the summer pre-season tournament, young Rolando Aarons fell by the wayside of Pardewism.
However, he managed a few memorable games, mainly as a sub, before picking up a hamstring injury on international duty.
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He then returned for two games in late October/early November (wins over Man City and Liverpool) before being ruled out again with the same ailment
The winger was reported to be back in training last month but is yet to even begin his comeback with the reserves.
The promising youngster who turned 19 in October, found himself the subject of media reports suggesting conflict over the terms of his new proposed deal at SJP.
The last we heard of the boy was that he was refusing to sign one of Mike Ashley’s bargain basement contracts (after all how many SD socks can a boy use ???).
So with a total lack of updates on his progress to fitness and not even a single reserve team appearance, no wonder some of us are asking if just possibly the two things are related ?
Ashley claims he wants to field a team of (cheap) young local lads who have made it through the turmoil of the Academy.
Yet when the first signs of real true potential arrives, there’s a cloak of secrecy surrounding the whole issue that Mossad or MI6 would be proud of !
So Mag readers, does the owner want youngsters to be brought through, or is this just more of his BS ?
How happy would you be if Rolando sailed off to the Etihad without ever making a name for himself at SJP?