Whilst nobody within the English game quite expected Newcastle United and the newly appointed Steve McClaren to take the Premier League by storm this season, the 2015/16 campaign has proven a far more frustrating affair than most of the St. James’ faithful ever initially predicted.
Although the Magpies could have seemingly done with all the relevant help they could get this season however, 20-year-old Rolando Aarons – a young up and coming winger who seemed to carry a fair amount of potential under his belt before the current league campaign first got underway – has hardly played on Tyneside so far this season, and possibly looks set to leave his current employers with his contract due to expire in the summer.
In light of the subsequent – and albeit slightly surprising – interest to reportedly come his way from the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan and Juventus in 2015/16, has Rolando Aarons simply witnessed his once promising long-term future with Newcastle United up and disappear over the course of the current season, or will Steve McClaren somehow manage to persuade the young winger to stick it out in the North East for a good while longer?
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Well, although the former Bristol City youngster has indeed barely featured for the Magpies so far this term on the back of a series of testing injury complaints, it seems as if Newcastle could really lose out on a star talent here.
The Jamaican born wide-man has certainly impressed in a number of pre-season fixtures and behind closed doors friendlies since first arriving on Tyneside, even if the 20-year-old is yet to make a real name for himself in the Premier League itself.
Via his dangerously quick turn of pace inside the final third, promising ability to link-up effectively with his teammates in attacking areas of the pitch, and calm composure on the ball when taking on defenders in one-on-one scenarios – this is a player who is seemingly worthy of his growing reputation in the English game.
Had the likes of Andros Townsend, Henri Saivet and Seydou Doumbia not been drafted in at St. James’ in what eventually turned out to be rather hectic January transfer window for the struggling Tyneside club, a player of Rolando Aarons’ emerging talent could have potentially served Steve McClaren’s side rather well throughout the remainder of the campaign.
Granted, Newcastle United can’t exactly afford to bed in an inexperienced young professional in the midst of a clear relegation dog-fight right in the here and now – but you never know – perhaps if Rolando Aarons had been fit and firing for an extended portion of the 2015/16 campaign, maybe the Magpies wouldn’t find themselves in such a vulnerable position at this particular stage in the season.
Yet even though the emerging 20-year-old has certainly shown glimpses of talent during his current stint at St. James’ Park thus far, it remains particularly difficult to envisage the likes of Arsenal, AC Milan or Juventus ever issuing the pacey wide-man with a chance to stake his claim away from the North East any time soon.
Although Rolando Aarons could one day serve to impress at one of Europe’s most illustrious sides in the not too distant future, perhaps the player in question must carefully consider his options before making any knee-jerk decisions regarding his future at the end of the current league campaign.
As Newcastle United could soon find themselves operating in the Championship when the 2015/16 season finally reaches its natural conclusion however, maybe Steve McClaren’s side could be forced to part ways with their impressive young talent sooner rather than later, no matter how much potential Rolando Aarons has to offer down on Tyneside in upcoming seasons.