Young Newcastle star Rolando Aarons will shortly sign a new contract at Newcastle United according to reports on Sunday morning.
The Chronicle say that their information is that the 19 year old winger and the club are now both ready to agree a deal that would commit Aarons long-term to United.
Last season talks broke down in December 2014, with 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 by Newcastle United and turned down.
The player having impressed in a handful of Premier League substitute appearances and a couple of starts in the League Cup, including scoring one of the two goals that beat Manchester City at the Etihad.
Turning 20 in November, Rolando Aarons is still yet to start a Premier League match, although he did play in the 4-1 League Cup win over Northampton.
After looking one of Newcastle’s best players pre-season, it was disappointing to see Aarons look arguably United’s worst player on the pitch in that Northampton game.
However, you have to expect that form will be up and down with young players, especially creative ones.
There have been varying claims on how long his contract has left to run, with some reports saying the end of this current season and others saying that Newcastle have an option of adding an extra year.
Back in December last year, Alan Pardew 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.”
Rolando Aarons definitely has ability but the signings of Florian Thauvin and Gini Wijnaldum underlines how hard he will have to fight to win a place in the team and show what he can do.
The Chronicle report this morning contained the following line: ‘If he fulfils his potential, a senior England cap is only a matter of time.’
I wouldn’t quite go that far but if pressed on which Newcastle players have the best chance of playing for England one day, I think you would group him alongside Adam Armstrong and Freddie Woodman as those with the potential to do so.
Hopefully if one or more of them do so, they will still be playing their club football at St James Park.