Steve Bruce has made the right decision in finally securing a permanent transfer for Rolando Aarons, amid claims of an imminent move to Huddersfield Town for the Newcastle United forward.
According to The Northern Echo, Aarons is due to secure a full-time switch to the John Smith’s Stadium this month after seeing a move collapse on Deadline Day last autumn.
The Terriers remained keen on a deal for Aarons to move to West Yorkshire and are now increasingly confident of an agreement, as discussions continue over a financial package that will see the Magpies terminate his £14,000-per-week contract early.
Aarons is already due to be a free agent in the summer but was targeted by Huddersfield in the winter market after being identified as the Championship side’s top target by Chairman Phil Hodgkinson the moment his pre-season deal fell through.
“We are still confident that he’s the right player,” said Hodgkinson. “He’s our top target and remains so, and what we’d rather do is get through the next ten weeks to January and get it done.”
Aarons last featured for Newcastle in December 2017 before securing loan moves away with Hellas Verona, Slovan Liberec, Sheffield Wednesday, Wycombe Wanderers and Motherwell, while spending the current season out in the cold after being omitted from Bruce’s 25-man Premier League squad.
Bruce and Newcastle appear to have made the right decision over Aaron’s future by working on a deal with Huddersfield to terminate the 25-year-old’s contract in January to avoid losing the former England U20 ace for free.
Aarons has proven over the years that he does not have the talent to match what was expected of him in seasons past, and his Toon fate was effectively sealed when Bruce chose to leave his name off of his Premier League squad after two underwhelming loan spells with Wycombe and Motherwell last season.
Rafa Benitez was a firm believer in Aaron’s potential during the Spaniard’s spell at St. James’ Park but continually urged the Jamaica-born forward to prove himself, having trusted the attacker more often than any other Newcastle head coach.
“He needs to play, he needs to prove to himself and to everyone he is a good player for the future. He has the potential. He needs a little consistency, he needs to play games in a row and that is the key for his confidence,” Benitez said, via quotes by the Chronicle in 2018.
Aarons made 12 of his 27 career Newcastle appearances under Benitez, returning two of his four goals and two of three assists.