Considering we haven’t always had the most exciting options out wide over the past few years, some have questioned just why Benitez hasn’t given Aarons more of a chance – but this could explain it.
It could also show why he hasn’t secured the most glamourous loan moves in recent years, with him having to settle for six-month spells with Serie A strugglers Hellas Verona and Czech side Slovan Liberec before joining Sheffield Wednesday on loan in January.
He’s got talent, pace and always looked tricky when he broke onto the scene a few years ago, but it seems his attitude may be one of the reasons he’s never looked close to featuring in Rafa’s plans.
Here’s what Chris Waugh revealed during his piece for the Chronicle discussing the players likely to leave the club this summer:
Whether he has a long-term future at St James’ Park remains to be seen; he has a contract until the summer of 2021, but Benitez is believed to have been unimpressed by Aarons’ application and work ethic, and the winger has not played a first-team game for United in 18 months.
I’ve heard nothing but rave reviews from Sheffield Wednesday fans following Aarons’ half-season spell at Hillsborough, but it seems he has no future at Newcastle if Rafa signs a new deal this summer.
Another loan move could be likely, however it may make sense for all parties to let him leave on a permanent deal – especially now he’s coming off the back of an impressive loan spell in the Championship.