Ironically, the one player who could be pleased with his contribution last night against Portland Timbers’ second team, Rolando Aarons, says that he wasn’t happy with his overall performance.

As the rest of the team floundered, Aarons put the first goal on a plate for new boy Georginio Wijnaldum (watch HERE) and then scored two corkers of his own.

Yet whilst he was happy to score (see Aarons’ superb overhead kick HERE) and create, Rolando Aarons says goals are immaterial in friendlies and he is only interested in performing well and showing he is back to full fitness.

Despite being United’s most dangerous player, the winger was pushed back to left-back in the first half, saying that ‘if I have to do it, I have to do it’ and that he plays where Steve McClaren tells him to.

Clearly not happy about having to play there and aware that he may be facing the threat of further signings in his true position, Rolando Aarons playing in a makeshift defence pre season is one thing but surely he wouldn’t be wasted there again in a competitive match?

Rolando Aarons speaking to NUFC TV:

“I’m pleased with my contribution but my overall performance I’m not happy about.

“As a team I’m sure we’re not too happy about our performance as well but obviously we are not used to playing on Astroturf  – not that it’s an excuse – but you can tell that they play on it a lot.”

We are Premier League:

“Today we didn’t start well enough or competed well enough and it kind of showed. We are a Premier League team and should have done a lot better.

“It (left-back) is not a position I am used to playing but I’m a Newcastle United player and I play for Steve McClaren, wherever he puts me I’m going to play – I’m going to do my job first thing. Obviously I prefer to play on the wing and that is my natural position but if I have to do it, I have to do it.”

rolando aarons

Question: ‘Not many players would say they weren’t happy with their performance after two goals and an assist?’

“For me pre season is not about getting on the scoresheet, as much as getting back to my fitness, performing well, because when the season starts the performances are going to be the big thing.

“Players are coming in as well, so I have to keep pushing and pushing. I’m happy with my contribution but I feel I could have played a lot better than what I did.”

  • Les Higgins

    It’s a bloody massive shame that some other “players” in the team can’t take what this kid says as an example of honesty in the game….A good way to show some professionalism a young age

  • Simon Sharp

    Refreshing to know that he wants to be the best he can be. The really sad thing is he’ll soon be too good for us.

  • Prateek Thammineni

    Ruthwik Bhupatiraju This is how a 19 year old should be like.


    He has loads of potential and im hoping to see more of him next season,

  • stepaylor

    please sign him on a long term contract before we have him leave next year for next to nothing, tribunal fees are nowhere near the real value of a player and i would love to see him play for us for many years to come. So exciting and talented

  • Happyharrys2011

    Get him in your dream team he is cheap as chips and going to be our player of the season if we can keep him fit.

  • NatTurner

    You’re wrong about the rest of the team floundering.  All of the regular first team players were sharp/excellent with the exceptions being Anita and Gouffran, who I hate to have to report were horrendous.  Sissoko and Aarons were particularly excellent.  Sissoko’s attitude hasn’t been great but I do think he has become an underrated player.  Unfortunately both goalkeepers and all defenders except Aarons and Janmaat were embarrassingly terrible (Darlow, Woodman, Satka, Ferguson, Bigirimana).  And despite his goal Georginio showed nothing; I watched most excited to see him for the first time; too early to judge of course.  Too bad we couldn’t leave Goof and Anita in America as they finally found their level at the American third tier.

  • DownUnderMag

    We had a makeshift defence, plenty of changes and a few players just coming back from injury trying to regain fitness.  I don’t think we can read too much into a listless performance on a tour we should never have been on in the first place. Hopefully once they get back to the UK they can start to work more on the team gelling and getting the first choice XI ready for the opening game of the season.  
    One thing is for certain, we need to get Aarons a new improved long-term contract and  tie him down (or at least ensure a huge fee). He still has a lot to prove, but if he keeps fit I can see him being outstanding for us this season and is easily our most threatening player and can create goals as well – something we are desperate for now we have some goal threat on board. 
    If we can get some defenders in and perhaps someone for the right wing then I think we have the makings of a very good first choice team capable of a decent crack at top 6, depth is still a question mark but the more bodies we get in the further down the list Willo, Gouf and Obertan get and that can only be a good thing.

  • DownUnderMag

    NatTurner I’ve actually not been impressed with Darlow at all in so far, I think Woodman looks a better player.  I just hope Lascelles comes good and makes the deal worthwhile.

  • TheBoneYard

    undoubted talent and great attitude, get him signed on a long term contract to at least reap the financial benefits (sterling going for 49m) or better still keep him at the toon for years to come. If he stays fit/injury free will most likely be our player of the season and the trophy winning clubs will come knocking. The next 2 seasons are vital for the toon, must be top ten this season then top six following season with good cup runs to keep and attract players of Aarons calibre.

  • Happyharrys2011

    I agree with your second part we need to keep him. Financial reward means nothing to us as fans, all the profit in doesn’t go back into the team, so for me I couldn’t care less how much a player is worth or what a great piece of business selling a player is. Our owner is a “MULTI BILLIONAIRE” he could spend like Man city if he wanted.
    It’s time us fans realised it is NEVER EVER a good peice of business selling our best players at ANY cost.

  • NatTurner

    DownUnderMag Agreed that Woodman looks to have more potential and also hope Lascelles will fulfill his.  Even if Darlow and Lascelles are both flops it shouldn’t deter the team from making similar moves in the future.  6.5 isn’t a huge loss for betting on two young players with potential.