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.

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  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Talented, but lacks something, most likely a brain

    • Ba ba.

      👍 👍 👍

  • Mxpx

    Aarons has all the attributes to be a top top player not just a Premier league player but a champions league player he’s rarely dispossessed in a tackle his delivery is pinpoint accurate he’s lighting quick and his decision making on the pitch is incredible the problem that he does have is he’s not a defensive player in the slightest which is why rafa isn’t playing him and I’d guess the same in Italy of course to realise his potential he will need to be in the team for more than 5 minutes not injured

    • Ba ba.

      Really ?

  • Geordiegiants

    He looked a world beater under Pinocchio, since then he has flattered to deceive. It’s surely down to mental attitude as Rafa has been looking for a flair winger, hence the signing of Kenedy.

    • Clarko

      He looked “a world beater” for a total of 207 minutes.

      • Ram Kishore

        Where do get these facts clarko?

        • Clarko

          (transfermarkt)

          Rolando Aarons – Performance Data – All Seasons – 14/15 (the time Aarons played under Pardew) – Add the minutes played up until the 29th Dec 2014 – 207 minutes of senior football where Aarons looked like a “world beater” according to @geordiegiants:disqus.

          • Ram Kishore

            Was there any championship player ever to get called for the England squa

          • TheNutJob

            David Nugent whilst at Preston North End

          • Dillon Tovak

            Ricketts got a cap around the same time as Nugent, plus maybe Powell went to a World Cup so the bar is like an inch off the floor at that point 😂

          • Ba ba.

            Steve bull wolves

          • Clarko

            You played yourself.

          • TheNutJob

            Hey rocket man
            😂😂😂

          • Geordiegiants

            He still looked class under Pinocchio son. He might of played 5 mins. He still looked a different player.

          • Clarko

            “The past always seems better when you look back on it than it did at the time. And the present never looks as good as it will in the future.”

          • Ram Kishore

            Check your facts again clarko..I’m ineligible as I’m from India.. you do make mistakes ig…It’s good to hear that u can deviate from facts too..
            Chill mate.. nice one though

          • Clarko

            “you do make mistakes”

            Doesn’t give any examples.

            😂

          • Ram Kishore

            Lol factman… I can’t find any pal..just woke up 😂😂..
            You told I played that’s one

          • Clarko

            Yeah dude, you didn’t get the “you played yourself” joke, I get that this isn’t your first language and that you have a different joke/meme culture, but either do some research (just type into Google) or don’t acknowledge/make assumptions about a comment/joke that you don’t fully understand and just trust that I made you look silly (I did).

            On a side note, if you can’t find any mistakes, don’t say that I make mistakes, as that would make you a liar, liar.

          • Ram Kishore

            Just go to my first comment and see for yourself that I did literally understand your lame joke..
            I just took it as a normal joke and moved on and I even commented the joke as a nice try and upvoted your joke..
            I just didn’t feel like mocking you back with something as i tried to have a positive outlook ..
            As FYI I do come from a different joke/meme culture but the joke u did was lame enough to get mocked back..but I didn’t.
            Your joke doesn’t warrant a Google search and the last few lines where u told me I was silly or liar makes me feel you are a hot head.. this is just my opinion ..
            And ig you believe/you think as if you alone is intelligent or very smart here..
            FYI All are just my thoughts and not facts.. it could my guesses and according to your rulebook it may not be a fact but it surely says that you are a hot head or self glorious t**t

          • Clarko

            You’re doing it again, your first comment tells me that you didn’t understand the joke, you just think you did.

            Again you’re lying, I didn’t tell you that you were silly, I said “I made you look silly” and I proved that you were a liar, you said that I make “mistakes” I prompted you for an example only for you to say that you couldn’t “find any”, you were lying, fact.

            No hot headedness, just facts.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Micky Channon

          • Ram Kishore

            Bobbi what does St James’ park effect mean? I don’t have much knowledge of Keegan era?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Not sure what you mean or maybe I missed something?

          • Ram Kishore

            Leazes was mentioning something about St james’ park effect.. I didn’t really understood that part?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Leazes rarely says anything that is based on reality, in fact he tends to post lies.

            I think he was joking to say a previously good player can become bad when he plays for us.

            If there is a St James’ park effect, it’s the support can become very negative if things don’t do well. Teams come to us and try to take the wind out of the sales after an eager start. We almost saw this yesterday, having dominated the first half, Huddersfield were content to absorb the pressure and come into it later as we tired. Gayle stopped running so hard and we started to lose possession, the atmosphere in the ground changes for the worse. This seems to happen with us and teams like West Ham where they have a passionate support.

          • Ram Kishore

            The same kind of atmosphere is not just at SJP but at any club where the match doesn’t turn in their favour at home..
            The atmosphere was better yesterday.. compared to the one I experienced in the November matches when I visited SJP

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Whilst this happens at every ground, there are some where it’s more acute. I mention West Ham but would add Everton where the crowd are a little more passionate than you may get at say Liverpool or Man Utd.

      • Geordiegiants

        Yes he looked really good.

        • Clarko

          Nah, he looked good for around 68 of those 207 minutes.

          • Geordiegiants

            68 mins??? The depth of your knowledge of the game is astounding.

          • Clarko

            Yes.

  • Toonrobbybobson

    If a player cant improve by listening to a manager like Rafa hes one to ditch end of. Other managers worth their salt will know that as well. That includes Mitrovic. Aarons because of his contract will likely get a championship move next season. He needs to take the chance though because hes running out of them. He needs to start listening to coaches and doing the dirty side of the game not just the bits he fancies. If it clicks he could be some player. But how many talented individuals fail to realise their potential? Quite alot. Aarons is beginning to look like one of those unfortunately. Sometimes and I could be wrong, I think Aarons has had the attitude of he has made it. If that is the case hes a lost cause unless he wakes up fast. Shame really.

    • mentalman

      Theres quite a few in our team who haven’t improved under rafas tutelage

      • TheFatController

        he didn’t say you would, he said , and I’ll assume beyond what he stated, that given Rafa’s experience and who he has worked with you’d be hard pressed as a newcastle level player not to improve when Real Madrid’s previous manager rocks up.

        • mentalman

          Theres very few of the players who were already at the club or who were brought in by rafa who have improved and if aarons had been given the time atsu has he would be more of an asset to the team. There’s a whole host of fringe players wasting away in this squad being overlooked in favour of underperforming first teamers

  • Ba ba.

    He is another prime example of the “Newcastle United myth”… Has done nowt but for some bizarre reasons fans clamer for him to start and rate him. 🤔

    • Dillon Tovak

      🤔 cos you know.

      • Ba ba.

        Eh?

  • TheNutJob

    no ambition, he`ll already be a millionaire. some young players are like that

    • Rich Lawson

      He should just be given a ”free” and be done with it.He can then stumble through various divisions and countries to a happy retirement in his early 30’s.

      • Dillon Tovak

        What a life, break me off some.

  • Wor Lass

    ” … so much negative focus on Mikel Merino”? I agree that Aarons has been vastly overhyped on the strength of a couple of decent performances but don`t forget that Pecchia will have known all about him.

  • Joseph Conrad

    This is an appalling, negative article and I’m afraid exemplifies all that is wrong with a section of football fans, including some toon fans, these days. The player needs support not brickbats! When Arrons first appeared for the team he was superb. He then experienced a serious injury, and a recurrence during his rehabilitation. He did well preseason and, if I remember rightly, was player of the match, and scored, against Nottingham Forest in the cup. I’m not sure how he can be judged by his performance against Manchester City as the team never attempted to get beyond the half way line. Rather than criticising Arrons for his move to Verona maybe he should be praised for trying to give it a go in a major European league. It’s a shame if it’s not working out for him but I don’t think the player should be condemned for his ambition. Incidentally, in relation to some of the other comments on this site, it’s perfectly possible to support and respect Rafa Benitez whilst at the same time holding up to scrutiny his selections and treatment of individual players. To this punter at least the sidelining of Mitriovicz beggars belief. I don’t think Aarons has had a fair crack of the whip either. Either way we should be supporting our players not rubbishing them.

    • Ba ba.

      And relax

    • Ba ba.

      BTW who would you drop for him to get a game?

      • Phil Yare

        hes not saying that he should walk into the first team, hes just making the point that the criticism is over the top.
        yes, we signed an injury prone youngster that bristol city released, but lets not villify the lad when hes never had 5 games in a row to prove himself.

        also – against man city what was he expected to do? take on their entire back 4 and score himself after yonks out?

        • Ba ba.

          Well I don’t think he’s owt special but my point is valid to give him the run of games he nerds& to prove me wrong somone in the team needs to make way for him so I’m wondering who would that be?
          And BTW only Liverpool and man City have beaten us since the turn of the year.

          • Phil Yare

            yes he would need a steady run of games. maybe he’s not special but we hardly have a squad laden with talent. i’ve seen perez and diame play 10+ games in a row and play atrocious every single game. diame has improved lately and the introduction of a proper out and out winger – kenedy has really helped us

          • Ba ba.

            We have Atsu, Kennedy, Ritchie and Murphy as wingers can’t see him shifting any of them… Diame I was his biggest critic but he has rammed my harsh words reet doon my neck… Perez I don’t get at all but the record when he plays speaks for its self…. 🤔

          • Dillon Tovak

            The people you’re replying to aren’t saying he’s bang on ready for the first team.
            You keep saying who’d he replace. Why?
            They’re saying what’s up with the over the top criticism and maybe give him time.
            It’s not that hard to get your head around is it?

          • Ba ba.

            He’s constantly injured and the games he’s managed in my opinion he’s been poor… Can you get ya heed round that?

          • Phil Yare

            agree with all of that

  • Ram Kishore

    John Martin, Do u have some grudge against any player who doesn’t make the squad or who wants to go out and get some game time and says that openly..
    Did Rolando do anything to deserve this kinda cheap act from your side?
    Yes he may not have made the cut at NUFC yet, but it seems all u care is mocking when other people struggle even when they(aarons) didn’t do anything to make u feel worse

  • IAmYTM

    The mag – absolutely embarrassing comments about Joselu
    Also the mag – Rolando Aarons is s**t! Ha ha we knew it!

    Getting sick of these pathetic boastful articles about people who are STILL OUR PLAYERS, doing badly. The mag these days has become a never ending loop of ‘ex manager is STILL s**te’ ‘look! Other fans said nice/mean things about us!’ ‘let’s all laugh at Sunderland’ interspersed with actual interesting content that you’ve likely already read somewhere else.

    And to that numpty John, who wrote this, firstly, grow up, secondly, Aarons is trying his luck in a different league (a reason we shouldn’t judge Merino for but I expected you to be a hypocrite anyway) to try and get the best out of his career and still has time at 23. Tell me, master scout, what have YOU achieved other than a handful of disrespectful pieces considered more bullying than journalism, for a regionally popular E-magazine.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Excellent points, I posted yesterday that Aaron’s was brave to try Italy and he’ll learn from it too. Verona were struggling all season and the former NUFC coach has gone so Rolando was up against it.

  • robbersdog

    Rolando Aarons is a decent player whose career has been derailed by injuries and management changes at NUFC.

    Like Florian Thauvin, I think he’s eventually come good, but it probably won’t be at Newcastle.

  • Scott Robinson

    Some of the same numpties who think Joselu and Aarons are ‘special’ are the same ones who think Dummett is slow and can’t turn!

    The facts are that Dummett is one of the fastest players not only on our books but in the premiership; also that Joselu is a journeyman and Aarons won’t be anything special and it will be an achievement if he does a Lualua.

    Joselu and Aarons are the sort of world beaters that would be in Bill McGarry’s and Glen Roeder’s 5 year plans. The sort of calibre of player that wouldn’t get in any other premiership team and the sort of player that will keep us Championship Sunderland position contenders if we add a few others of the same!