It is being reported that Rolando Aarons‘ switch from The Toon to Huddersfield failed by a mere 120 seconds on Friday’s EFL deadline day.
If so, that’s such a shame for Aarons who at least looked like having the opportunity to resurrect his career in the second tier.
The deal had been brokered, both Clubs in agreement with the fee (wonder what it was?), player agreed personal terms and was in Huddersfield having passed a medical. All that was required was getting the paperwork through on time.
Apparently, it went through at 17:02pm held back because as much as Huddersfield wanted him, they also had other priorities that they need to deal with first. Hence the lateness and Aarons having to travel back up north with his hopes dashed.
Such a shame, but hopefully with all parties having agreed all the necessaries this could still go through in January. After all it’s not that far away and unless Huddersfield have the sort of run that makes them feel they don’t want any more in January it should still go through.
One thing is surely certain. NUFC won’t be changing their mind between now and then and would still want the deal to be live when the New Year comes around.
I’ve seen a few comments that have suggested that the “powers-that-be” have been rather harsh in not letting this deal go though. But, fair’s fair, there is a deadline for a reason and it can’t keep being extended.
All of which means that the four senior players deemed surplus to requirements. Lazaar, Saivet, Atsu and Aarons will now no doubt all turn up for training at Newcastle on Monday morning facing a rather uncertain future. Saying that, Lazaar and Aarons are rarely seen at Benton these days, despite Bruce having both on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.
It appears that there was either no interest at all in Lazaar, Saivet and Atsu or perhaps the wages they’re on at Newcastle put off any suitors. Issue is now all of them have contracts that don’t run out until June.
So, do we continue to pay them until then and just have them training with the U-23’s or do we cut them loose, take the hit and try to broker a deal with them that sees them paid-off? Personally, I think we should do this and get them out of the Club.
Them continuing to be part of the set-up benefits no-one and it would be better to lose money on a portion of their wages than continue to pay them up until June for effectively no reward or return.
Aarons perhaps will be retained until at least January as a deal could still be pushed through with Huddersfield then. But are we really going to hang on to the other three in the hope that some one comes forward in January and ends their NUFC careers?
Seems unlikely that will happen given how long we’ve alerted clubs of their availability yet had no takers.