Rolando Aarons “For all you know I might be playing against Manchester United”
Two days after Rolando Aarons turns 22, Newcastle United travel to Old Trafford.
The winger has been a much talked about player since joining the first team squad when Alan Pardew was in charge – but the fact remains that he has still only made four league appearances for NUFC.
Injuries have obviously played a big part but even when fit he has been usually overlooked, particularly under Rafa Benitez.
Off the pitch activities haven’t helped, with Rolando Aarons still waiting for a court hearing on a charge of violent disorder, after an incident in the early hours in a city centre nightspot.
After signing a five year contract in August 2016, Aaron was involved in Newcastle’s first four Championship games of the season, off the bench in three and starting against Huddersfield in the first home match – only to be hauled off at half-time after a dismal 45 minutes.
The winger then got injured but even when fully fit later in the season, Rafa Benitez didn’t include him.
Featuring regularly in pre-season, Rolando Aarons played a total of 211 minutes in friendlies and was an unused sub in the opening three Premier League games, the last of those against West Ham.
He hasn’t been seen since in terms of first team squad involvement, despite scoring three days earlier than that game against the Hammers, when getting a start against Forest in the 3-2 League Cup loss. It was a cracking goal and Aarons was arguably Newcastle’s best player, yet he has disappeared.
Last night saw Rolando Aarons in action – but it was 20 miles (and a world) away from Old Trafford, the winger turning out for the reserves who lost 4-1 in the Checkatrade Trophy at Oldham.
Asked after the game in which he scored Newcastle’s only goal whether he needed to look elsewhere in January, Rolando Aarons defiantly said ‘For all you know I might be playing against Manchester United, I’m not sure yet’.
Jacob Murphy has been the winger on the bench since August with seemingly no room for another one, yet has been really poor whenever getting on the pitch. He looks totally out of his depth and had the look sadly of a rabbit in the headlights when coming on late against Bournemouth.
Rolando Aarons still has it all to prove but it would surely be a case of not risking losing anything if he moved ahead of Murphy for the upcoming matches, whether that be on the bench or even playing.
Not surprisingly, Aarons says ‘Every week I am not in the squad I am more and more frustrated’, and it was claimed last night that the player asked to play against Oldham, so hopefully his attitude is in the right place.
It will be an interesting moment when Rafa Benitez announces his team at Old Trafford, with a bit of a shake up looking all but inevitable.
Rolando Aarons speaking to the Chronicle, asked if time for a move in January:
“I just think about working in training, I don’t look too far ahead, it’s too early.
“For all you know I might be playing against Manchester United, I’m not sure yet.
“Every week I am not in the squad I am more and more frustrated.
“But I am just trying to work on channelling myself the right way and get involved in those games.
“I will continue to be focused and work hard in training.
“Obviously I want to be playing in the first team – no offence to these lads (reserves) but I don’t want to be here.
“I know I just have to keep battling and I will get my chance.
“You can only get better playing with better players, getting minutes in games like Oldham will only help me.
“I will just keep doing what I am doing and hopefully I will get my chance.
“I am disappointed because I should have had about four (against Oldham) but I am happy to just be playing.
“I’m the same when I with the first team I feel like I have the extra responsibility, whether it’s reserves or first team – I want to be the best player on the pitch and win the game.”
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