Rolando Aarons has at last found a new club.
The winger completely sidelined by Rafa Benitez, having not been given a place in his Premier League squad.
Options were running out and Aarons has ended up in the Czech Republic.
This is one of the few countries where the transfer window was still open.
Rolando Aarons joining Martin Dubravka’s old club, Slovan Liberec, for six months.
The keeper left there in summer 2017 before joining Sparta Prague and then Newcastle.
Tuesday had seen claims (see below) that the player could end up in Bulgaria but that proved not to be the case.
Official Newcastle United announcement:
Rolando Aarons has joined FC Slovan Liberec on loan.
The winger has completed a six-month switch to the Modrobílí, who are currently eighth in the Czech top flight.
Aarons, 22, made his Magpies debut against Manchester City on the opening day of the 2014/15 season, and has made 27 appearances for the club, scoring four times.
The former England under-20 international was loaned to Italian side Hellas Verona for the second half of last season, and made 11 Serie A appearances.
The Mag – 4 September 2018:
Rolando Aarons wasn’t given a squad number when Rafa Benitez handed them out before the opening Premier League match.
The winger given only 77 minutes in the Championship season by the Newcastle boss, then a paltry 137 minutes last time in the Championship.
A disastrous loan spell followed in Italy earlier this year, the winger making 11 Serie A appearances but not getting a single goal or assist as Hellas Verona were relegated.
When the official 25 man NUFC Premier League squad was announced on Monday, Rolando Aarons was the notable absentee.
Achraf Lazaar had also not been given a squad number in early August but was then included in that official squad yesterday.
Rolando Aarons looked doomed to be training and playing with the kids and travelled down to Doncaster today, ahead of tonight’s Checkatrade Trophy group match, where NUFC Under 21s are taking on the Rovers first team.
Aarons turns 23 in November and along with Jamie Sterry was set to be one of the overage players allowed.
However, when the team was announced at 6pm ahead of the 7pm kick-off, it was revealed that the winger had been pulled out of the team at the last minute because a loan move is reportedly on the cards.
The Chronicle saying an unnamed Bulgarian team could be set to take Rolando Aarons on loan.
The transfer window doesn’t end until Saturday (8 September) in Bulgaria, so a few days left to get a deal finalised.
Interesting to see which club, if a deal happens, as league leaders Levski Sofia have Gabriel Obertan on their books.
He made 31 league appearances last season as they finished third in the table, Obertan scoring four times. This season though they are top after seven matches, winning six and drawing one.
As for the NUFC Under 21s who take on Doncaster at 7pm tonight in the Checkatrade, the team and subs are:
NUFC Under-21s team:
Harker, Sterry, Bailey, O’Connor, Gibson, Watts, Juanito, Roberts, S. Longstaff, Allan, Sørensen.
NUFC Under-21s substitutes:
Langley, Cass, Walters, M. Longstaff, Sangare, Wilson. Kick-off at the Keepmoat Stadium is at 7pm.