Steve McClaren has revealed that he intended to send Rolando Aarons out on loan, only for the winger to pick up yet another injury and end up on crutches.
The Head Coach has said that he is concentrating on deciding which players he needs at the club, both short-term and long-term.
The intention then being to get anybody who doesn’t figure in his plans out on loan to get games, to then have more chance of selling the ones he doesn’t want, whilst progressing the ones he sees as having a future at St James Park.
A lot has been talked about Rolando Aarons but he has had no real career to speak of yet, with both injuries and Alan Pardew, John Carver and now Steve McClaren seemingly not trusting him in the Premier League.
This season, Aarons has had only 57 minutes of PL football spread over three short substitute appearances, the last being nine weeks ago against Watford, whilst he did get a game against League Two Northampton in the League Cup and surprisingly had a terrible game, despite United winning 4-1.
The winger turned 20 this week and still hasn’t started a single Premier League match, which is no good to anybody, especially when you consider just how many players have stacked up a load of games by that age now.
The likes of Raheem Sterling, Luke Shaw, Kyle Walker and many others, plus the likes of 19 year old Delle Alli now a first team player for Tottenham and playing for England.
When you see what Adam Armstrong has shown with regular football at a lower level with Coventry, you would have to look at Rolando Aarons being able to make a similar impact if given the chance at a similar club – of he is to have any chance in the Premier League.
“We always said he (Ivan Toney) would have three months training with us and then out on loan.
“If Rolando Aarons hadn’t got injured we would have been thinking about him as well.
“That was the plan, same with Rolando, but he is not quite there. Other players much the same, especially Adam Armstrong.
“These players need game time. You know, Willo (Mike Williamson) too.
“The main thing is we are concentrating on what players we have here and what players we need here.”