Rolando Aarons has not been included in Newcastle United’s 25-man Premier League squad by boss Rafa Benitez, meaning the winger is ineligible for involvement in league fixtures for the Magpies, as reported by The Chronicle.
Benitez has elected not to name Aarons amongst his official Premier League squad. With other wide players such as Kenedy, Christian Atsu, Matt Ritchie and Jacob Murphy ahead of him in the pecking order at St James’ Park it was always going to be tricky for the 22-year-old to get minutes this season. Now, Aarons – who can’t qualify for league games by virtue of being under 21 – must look to cup competitions for any hope of involvement this season.
This omission from the squad likely means the end of Aarons’ Newcastle career, even if it must now be a protracted demise. An uninspiring loan stint with Italian outfit Hellas Verona last time out did nothing to further the attacker’s cause.
After first breaking into the Newcastle first team as a precocious young talent in 2015, Aarons has failed to sustain regular involvement and it now looks almost certain that his future lays elsewhere.
If Aarons is to resurrect his ailing career he must secure a transfer in January, and Birmingham City would be wise to offer him a lifeline.
Garry Monk’s Blues have struggled to create chances and score goals so far this season. His side are winless and hovering just above the Championship relegation zone with six games played. If things don’t improve soon then the situation at St Andrew’s will only get worse.
Monk shouldn’t be averse to a gamble to get his side firing again and a move for Aarons would be exactly that. However, the Newcastle man ought to be available at a cut price fee given his status as obviously surplus to requirements.
Aarons certainly has talent, and if he could rediscover his best form for Birmingham he could have a huge impact for the Midlands club. It’s worth a punt, because as things stand the Blues only have everything to gain.