Rolando Aarons’ Newcastle United future is hanging in the balance according to the Shields Gazette, who claim that the winger is not in Rafa Benitez’s plans next season and could be sold this summer.
The winger started the season in impressive fashion with an outstanding Carabo Cup goal against Nottingham Forest, however made just 1 start in the league after that, seeing him loaned out to Serie A strugglers Verona in January as a result.
It was an alternative loan move, but one that didn’t work well at all, with him making just 6 starts and failing to deliver a single goal or assists – doing very little to suggest he should be in Rafa Benitez’s plans next season.
Here’s what the Gazette have had to say on his future:
“Rolando Aarons’ Newcastle United future is in the balance.”
“The former England Under-20 international is not understood to be in Rafa Benitez’s plans for next season, though he will be assessed when he reports back to the club.
“Aarons – who joined Newcastle in 2012 after leaving Bristol City – could be loaned out again or even sold in the summer transfer window.”
He’s a player who’s always looked useful in flashes and some will say it’s a mistake, but when you look at him in comparison to Kenedy – a player who’s also 22 – you can see that he’s still got a long way to go before he’ll be anywhere near Rafa’s starting 11 by right.
I’d be tempted to see him during a season-long loan with a Championship side to give him one last chance to impress, but I get the feeling we’ll cash in – especially when raising funds seems to important this summer.