Already in Toon! The dazzling talent who could light up Newcastle’s season

first_imgNewcastle have been busy boys this summer, snapping up seven players, but it is a young talent who has risen through the ranks who has people whispering excitedly on Tyneside. Step forward teenage winger Rolando Aarons, who has taken pre-season by storm. talkSPORT’s Talent Spotter has the latest on the youngster.Name: Rolando AaronsDate of birth: 16 November 1995 Birthplace: Kingston, JamaicaPosition: WingerInternational appearances: NoneWhat’s the latest?Rolando Aarons has been the highlight of Newcastle’s pre-season, terrorising defences with his blistering pace, speed of thought and accurate crossing. The 18-year-old signed professional terms with the club last year and on the basis of his showings this summer, there are high hopes he can break into the first-team properly this season.Did you know?1) Aarons moved from Jamaica to England as a child and linked up with Bristol City’s academy but at 16 years old, Newcastle pounced to bring him to Tyneside towards the end of the 2011/12 season.2) The left-footed winger has risen through the ranks quickly at St James’ Park. He made his under-21s debut against Stoke in February 2013 then scored his first goal in his second appearance against Crystal Palace. Last season he was on the fringes of the first-team, made the senior squad for the game against Fulham in March and then signed a professional contract in May.3) On an international basis, Aarons qualifies to play for both Jamaica and England, similar to Liverpool’s Raheem Sterling. If he can carry his pre-season displays into the Premier League, then the FA will surely fancy getting him to pledge his future to the Three Lions.4) Blessed with pace and trickery, the 18-year-old is comfortable on either wing and loves to cause his full-back problems. Aarons claims his idols are Cristiano Ronaldo and Daniel Sturridge, while at club level, he admires Magpies outcast Hatem Ben Arfa, though he might want to keep that one quiet considering boss Alan Pardew wants rid of the Frenchman.5) In the 3-1 win over Schalke on Sunday, Aarons was the star of the show, grabbing an assist and his maiden senior goal. First he set up Emmanuel Riviere for a header with an excellent cross after twisting his opponent inside and out. For his goal, the teenager beat two men down the flank, before floating a cross-cum shot over the goalkeeper’s head and into the far corner. Fortuitous it may have been, but Aarons later admitted the strike was intentional.He says:“Words can’t describe how I feel now. My first of hopefully many goals for Newcastle! Honoured to have played at the stadium #TooSurreal.” Aarons on his first goal for the MagpiesThey say:“The real highlight of pre-season has been Rolando. He was terrific again. It’s nice to see a young player really pushing, and I thought he caused real problems for Schalke – long may that continue.” – Alan Pardew on Aarons’ performances“Rolando’s the sort of player the fans will love – he’s obviously very quick. He plays left side and gets crosses in, which is something we haven’t got in the group. He enjoys playing that role. We’ve had a couple of left-footed players who don’t actually like playing that side, but he has the pace to trouble any full-back.” Pardew reflecting on the winger’s talents‘He’s just signed a new contract with Newcastle and is someone the club are quite excited about. He’s like a flying left winger with good ability – really good ability.” Newcastle’s football development manager Peter Beardsley in May 2014Video evidence:Aarons’ assist and goal against SchalkeNewcastle fans, do you think Aarons can make an impact this season? Comment below. Newcastle’s Rolando Aarons celebrates scoring against Schalke 1last_img read more