Rolando Aarons on his way out of Newcastle United as two clubs compete to sign him – Sky Sports
Sky Sports have revealed that Rolando Aarons is ‘surplus to requirements’ at St James Park.
With less than 24 hours of the transfer window remaining, the broadcaster says that two clubs are fighting it out for his services.
Championship clubs Wigan and Sheffield Wednesday are the two competing to sign him according to Sky Sports.
The left sided player repeatedly said this summer that he hoped to earn a place in the NUFC first team squad.
His hopes raised when in the pre-season friendlies, only seven players got more minutes than Rolando Aarons.
(347 Lascelles, 342 Hayden, 330 Shelvey, 292 Manquillo, 289 Schar, 283 Fernandez, 238 Muto, 227 Aarons, 222 Longstaff (S), 186 Colback, 184 Murphy)
However, in reality only a really bad transfer window was going to save him, Aarons getting many of those minutes due to the lack of timely signings and injury to the likes of Matt Ritchie and Paul Dummett to an extent.
Jetro Willems has came in to compete for the left wing-back spot, whilst Allan Saint-Maximin can also play on that side but prefers the right.
With Emil Krafth also set to be announced very soon, a defender/wing-back who can also play on the left, the squeeze was on.
Steve Bruce took Rolando Aarons to Sheffield Wednesday on loan early this year and was very impressed with what he saw (read below).
However, this is the Premier League and Newcastle need to move out at least five senior players as they have 27 (once Krafth signs) for 22 outfield places in their official PL squad.
Aarons has two years left on his Newcastle contract and will turn 24 in November. Even though any move is likely to be a loan initially, best all round if there is a buying option at the end of it, so he can get on with his career elsewhere.
Steve Bruce – 29 March 2019:
“He’s done well the lad, really good lad, wants to do well, wants to enjoy it, plays with a smile on his face. It’s good to see.
“The biggest thing when you haven’t had the best of times, the biggest thing you want to do when you are a footballer is play and certainly we have given him that platform.
“From the very first time he came on he did a trick within a minute if you remember and people took a look and thought aye aye we haven’t seen something like that in a while, so he’s had a bit of an impact and let’s hope he can maintain it.
“That’s the key and the important thing the more he plays.”
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