Recently there have been widespread reports that Newcastle United had offered Rolando Aarons a lucrative new contract.
Alongside Gini Wijnaldum, the 19 year old winger has easily been one of the few bright spots of pre season for United.
His pace and skill shown to great effect when he almost saved Newcastle single-handedly from embarrassment against the Portland Timbers second team, brilliantly creating the first goal for Wijnaldum.
Rolando Aarons then topped that with two very special goals, a power strike into the top corner from outside the box and a tremendous overhead kick (watch it HERE) for the other, shame about the four goals conceded at the other end…
However, despite those claims of a new contract offer, the Shields Gazette say this morning that their information is that no such contract has been offered.
If you go back to 20 December 2014 we reported on the leaked information that appeared in the press, no doubt from the player’s side of things, which claimed that a six year deal at £6,000 a week had been offered and turned down.
Alan Pardew then confirmed that negotiations had taken place but no agreement reached as yet, though he hoped ‘some sense’ would come into the equation:
“He is a young player who has a contract here and we are trying to negotiate with his team.
“Somewhere along the line I do think some sense will come into those negotiations.”
This is what I wrote back then in December 2014:
Obviously £6,000 is a lot of money for an ordinary 19 year old but in the crazy world of football it isn’t the kind of figure a first team player would expect, whatever his age.
When players with nothing to offer such as Gouffran and Anita will be on many times more money, it is unrealistic to expect a talented player such as Rolando Aarons to sign such a deal – no matter how few matches he has played in the first team.
The writing was on the wall when towards the end of last season Aarons only agreed a two year deal taking him up to June 2016 (though there are disputed claims that the club can enforce a further year), the player and his agent obviously not wanting to tie him down for any longer.
Pardew and his bosses can’t have it both ways, talking of Rolando Aarons as a future superstar and then expecting to pay well below the market rate.
Nothing has changed and the reality is that Aarons is pretty much the only player who looks capable of going past his man on a regular basis, as well as one of the very few who is capable of crossing the ball.
You would find very few fans who wouldn’t have Rolando Aarons in their starting eleven a week on Sunday, which tells you everything.
Newcastle United offering a decent contract to the young winger AND getting him to sign it, would be a major piece of credibility for the claimed new ambitious way the club is going to operate.