Rolando Aarons had only played 66 minutes of Premier League football before getting his first start against Manchester City.

Rafa Benitez leaving a host of first choice players out of his team with Brighton and Stoke games in mind.

Rolando Aarons put in 71 disappointing minutes and was once again dropped from the squad totally on Saturday as Rafa Benitez made seven changes to his starting eleven.

The 22 year old has an interesting perspective on the season so far, believing that the biggest negative so far was people overreacting to Newcastle’s run of one Premier League win in 97 days, a run which included just one point from nine games as part of it.

A little bizarrely, Rolando Aarons claims that people overreacting to the poor displays and results probably contributed to the poor run continuing longer than it would have…

Rolando Aarons speaking to NUFC TV:

‘What have you been up to over Christmas?’

“I have just been eating really. 

“My mam comes down, my auntie comes down, they just cook.”

‘Very important to kick the festive season off with that win at West Ham?’

“It was a massive game for us and it kind of kickstarted our season again.”

‘What have been the positives and negatives this season?’

“The positives is that we are halfway through the season.

“The negative is that people were overreacting a bit (to not winning matches). 

“It might have played a bit of a part in the run we went on.

“We are a good group though, a good team, a good spirit – looking forward to the second half of the season.

“We just do what we do, nothing has changed since the start of the season.”

‘How will the players deal with the pressure of these important games?’

“I think the same way we deal with every game.

“We know what we need to do to win games and the Stoke one is no different.

“Newcastle and Stoke are both good teams so it should be a good game.”