Rolando Aarons – A Bright Future

When Rolando Aarons burst on the scene at Newcastle during the 2014/15 season, huge expectations followed. A player Newcastle United fans had been crying out for, for some time.

Aarons, had a excellent pre-season prior to the 2015/15 season, scoring and assisting in the Schalke cup against its namesake. On 17 August 2014, he made his Premier League debut in their first match of the campaign, replacing Yoan Gouffran for the final 16 minutes of a 2–0 home defeat to Manchester City. He scored his first senior goal in the 3–3 draw with Crystal Palace on 30 August. He also set up teammate Mike Williamson for Newcastle’s third goal in the same match, striking the post with his own effort. His contribution to the match described by The Guardian as “thrillingly incisive”. However, a series of injuries have stalled his promising start to his Newcastle career. Aarons picked up his latest injury in November, rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in training.

With Newcastle closing in on a return to the Premier League, next season will be huge for Aarons. For his sake, I hope his injury problems are behind him – I have no doubt the youngster will come back stronger. It has been great to see pictures of Aarons back in training with the rest of the Newcastle squad in recent weeks, as the winger steps up his recovery.

Under Rafael Benitez, Newcastle players have thrived. Aarons will benefit from working under the Spaniard, hopefully Aarons can have a strong pre-season and be fit and firing for next season. There will be plenty of changes in the summer, providing Newcastle finish the job and reach the Premier League. Aarons is an important part of Newcastle’s future, his potential is frightening.

Aarons has a strong mindset to come back stronger from the injuries he has suffered in his short career. Unfortunate as he may have been, the experience will stand him in good stead for the future. His recent injury has, by his own admission been the worst. However the mental strength Aarons has, to come back stronger is a trait that will see him stand out from the crowd.

I, like every other Newcastle United fan, cannot wait to see Aarons back at St James’ Park. We have seen glimpses of his undoubted quality, I am excited to see a lot more from Aarons over the next few seasons, also to see his improvement under Rafael Benitez. For a young player to work with a manager with Benitez’s calibre can only be a good thing.

Great to see you back Rolando – Can’t wait to see you running out at St James’ once more.

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