Gary Ainsworth has hailed the impact winger Rolando Aarons has had on his Wycombe side, believing the NUFC loanee is ‘definitely’ too good for League One.
Aarons, who joined the Chairboys on loan over the summer, has impressed in recent weeks, scoring the winner in a 1-0 win against Shrewsbury Town over the weekend.
Here is what his current boss had to say about him after the game, with his strike on Saturday sending them top of League One:
“He is a great player and he will terrorise defences in this league.
“He is definitely above this level.
“That goal will give him confidence.”
Aarons burst onto the scene with rave reviews as a youngster, and who could forget his goal against Crystal Palace in a 3-3 draw and even his calmly slotted finish at the Etihad in the League Cup back in 2014.
Comparisons to Raheem Sterling began to emerge, but somewhere down the line Aarons lost his way for one reason or another.
It is good to see he is finally playing regularly in England and showing signs of good form, so maybe this loan move can be the one to kickstart his career after several underwhelming seasons abroad.
Being a year older than myself, from the ages of 14/15 I used to hear just how good Aarons was in the Newcastle Academy, I wouldn’t write him off just yet, but he’s reaching that stage where he’s no longer a ‘youngster’ and must kick on.
Perhaps the Championship would be an ideal step up for Aarons, with him clearly above the third tier according to Ainsworth. I know Sheffield Wednesday fans were eager for him to return after a fairly successful spell at the club earlier this year.
Maybe at the age of 23, Rolando has finally got his head screwed on in the right direction, which I hope is only for the benefit of NUFC.