Rolando Aarons was one of six Newcastle players to head out on loan when it got to transfer deadline day in January
Jack Colback went off to Nottingham Forest, Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham, Henri Saivet joined Turkish club Sivasspor until the end of the season, Freddie Woodman went north of the border to Aberdeen, whilst Jamie Sterry linked up with Crewe Alexandra.
These five have had varying degrees of success at their loan clubs but apart from Saivet, they have all had a lot more time on the pitch than Rolando Aarons.
Rafa Benitez has only given Aarons two league starts in his two plus years as Newcastle manager.
The winger given his chance in the first home game of the Championship season but after an appalling 45 minutes, was subbed against Huddersfield at the break.
This season, Rafa gave Rolando Aarons a second chance when making numerous changes for the home game against Manchester City just after Christmas. Tough opposition but he did nothing to convince Rafa or the fans of another chance.
In the Championship, Rolando Aarons was given only another 22 minutes of league football as a sub, then this season he has managed only another 66 minutes from the bench.
Whilst he did have more injury problems last season, it has become increasingly obvious that Rafa Benitez doesn’t rate him.
For me, Rolando Aarons flatters to deceive.
He turns 23 later this year and has had a few decent moments so far.
It is ironic that there is so much negative focus on Mikel Merino, considering he is only 21, adjusting to a new country/style of football, and had problems with a back injury. Yet there are Newcastle fans who still talk about Rolando Aarons as though he is going to suddenly become a Premier League player.
Isaac Hayden and Jacob Murphy are only months older than Rolando Aarons and yet Hayden has 74 career league appearances so far and Murphy has 133.
Despite generally poor service from the wings under Kenedy’s later arrival and Ritchie’s even later return to form, Aarons has still got nowhere near being a first team player this season.
On deadline day, Rolando Aarons passed over the chance to go to relegation-threatened Hull in the Championship in favour of signing up for a Serie A relegation battle with Hellas Verona. They are/were second bottom and still managed by Rafa’s former assistant Fabio Pecchia.
If Aarons had gone to Hull then I think with regular football we would have found out if he anything about him. Heading off to Italy instead, it is a bit harder to judge with minimal coverage in the UK.
Pecchia played fair with Rolando Aarons, as well as Rafa Benitez/Newcastle United, starting the winger in his first two games after arriving.
However, he did next to nothing as Verona lost to both Roma and Sampdoria without scoring a goal or even really troubling the opposition goal.
Subbed off in both matches, the past seven weeks have seen the Newcastle loan player not get a single start.
Instead he has been limited to only 65 minutes as a substitute, contributing nothing as Verona lost 2-0 to Lazio and 5-0 to Atalanta.
However, Hellas Verona have given themselves a surprise lifeline with two wins in Aarons’ time at the club, the winger though playing no part in the 2-1 win over Torino and only playing the last four minutes as Chievo were defeated 1-0.
Verona are still second bottom but only two points off third bottom thanks to those six points.
There are 10 games left and Inter Milan up next on Saturday, it is difficult to imagine Rolando Aarons getting many/any further chances with the Italian club.
With three years left on his contract, Newcastle could well be stuck with Aarons for some time to come, unless he wakes up and starts putting in what is needed to convince somebody else to give him a chance.