Aarons showed us all, including Benitez, what he is capable of against Spurs on the final day of the season. Injury really hampered his season but when fit Aaron’s is a dangerous player. He was simply outstanding when he came on against Spurs and showed his qualities to convince Benitez that he surely must remain on Tyneside next season.
He took his goal brilliantly, thundering a left foot strike into the top corner. More impressive than that though was the tenacity shown to win the opportunity to fire at goal. He wanted it more than the Spurs’ defenders. He was also crucially instrumental in Janmaat’s goal. Reading a pass to cleverly intercept before driving at the defence before cleverly picking the correct pass, delaying it so Janmaat was clear but still onside. It was also perfectly weighted. It was a brilliant assist demonstrating Aaron’s not only has the quality, but the composure and desire to play well for Newcastle.
His goal celebration was also telling. Did that look like a player who wants to leave United? Celebrating with the Newcastle fans after screaming with emotion. He is a player we must retain. With Thauvin expected to move back to France following a disastrous transfer, Marveaux and Obertan already gone and the futures of Townsend and Gini unclear, Newcastle will be short of options in the wide positions. Aarons could and probably should play a big, big role for Newcastle next season and beyond.