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Rafa Benitez has spoken to winger about ‘work ethic and focus’

11 months ago
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The future of Rolando Aarons is now under debate.

The winger is claimed to be a target for relegated West Brom as they look to bounce back into the Premier League.

The Baggies are willing to spend plenty cash to try and get an instant return with over £41m in parachute payments to come this season.

They were chasing Bobby Reid but now the Bristol City winger is set to join Cardiff City in the Premier League for £10m.

Reports from the West Midlands claiming that Rolando Aarons is seen as a viable alternative.

The Newcastle wideman has some ability but for me, he has built a reputation with some Newcastle fans based on next to nothing.

Bottom line is that he turns 23 in November and has only started five league games for Newcastle in his entire career, out in Russia there are a number of players in the England squad who are younger than him.

As for Rafa Benitez, the Chronicle have now revealed that the Newcastle manager has spoken to Rolando Aarons about his ‘work ethic and focus’ but isn’t sure it has sunk in properly.

With only 228 minutes in league matches during Rafa Benitez’ near two and a half years in charge, it is difficult to see what future Aarons has at the club.

His recent court conviction hardly helps and maybe both club and player need to part company.

He had a very poor half season at Hellas Verona, his loan spell seeing not a single goal or assist as the club were relegated.

Newspaper reports claim Rafa Benitez might want to keep Rolando Aarons until a replacement can be signed this summer but surely the reality is that the manager would be happy to offload him.

I don’t see a future for him at Newcastle and whatever cash NUFC could get for him would be a bonus, maybe a million or two if somebody is prepared to take a chance on the winger. Stick a big sell-on clause in the deal just in case he proves the likes of myself wrong.

A massive job for Rafa Benitez all round and getting rid of unwanted players who aren’t good enough, is just one strand of that.
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