Despite talk that he could now secure a loan switch to an unnamed Bulgarian side, The Chronicle claim that Rolando Aarons now looks set to miss out that move – meaning he could be forced to rot in the reserves until the new year.
The 22-year old has had a tough few months – and it looks like it may only get worse.
Not only did he endure a pretty awful six-month loan spell in Italy from January onwards, he barely featured in pre-season, was not handed a squad number ahead of the new season and has just recently been excluded from Rafa Benitez’s 25-man squad for the 2018/19 Premier League season.
The likes of Rangers, Hull City, Caen and AEK Athens had been linked with loan moves for the winger over the final few days of the loan window, but nothing materialised.
He was then expected to play in Newcastle U-21’s Checktrade Trophy clash with Doncaster earlier in the week but was withdrawn at the last minute, with interest arriving from an unnamed Bulgarian side.
According to an update from The Chronicle, even that deal now looking unlikely, however:
“At the moment, Rolando Aarons looks like he will miss out on a potential move to Bulgaria.
“There has been interest shown in the winger from the Eastern European country, but time is running out for the 22-year-old to finalise anything today.
“If a move fails to materialise, Aarons will be left in limbo. He has not been given a squad number, is not in United’s 25-man list, and will continue training at the Academy as a result, with Rafa Benitez only keen to work with his first-team players.
“There is still the possibility Aarons could be loaned out to someone further afield with other windows still open across the world, but the winger’s chances of securing first-team action elsewhere are diminishing by the day.
“He risks missing out on much football until January. “
It wouldn’t have been the most glamorous of moves, but it would’ve been a chance to play regular first-team football at senior level – opposed to training with the Academy and playing the odd U-23 game which now looks likely.
I’m not sure quite what’s gone on behind the scenes, but it’s fair to say Aarons has not lived up to his early potential – with him now appearing to be behind the likes of youngster Cal Roberts in the pecking order.