Stats: Does Rolando Aarons have to start for Newcastle from now on?

Rolando Aarons made a huge impact from the bench to help Newcastle United draw against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and he could now be a regular in the side.

The 18-year-old proved his quality as he came off the bench to breathe new life into the Newcastle side on Saturday afternoon, as he scored one and set up another to give the Magpies the lead against Palace late on, but a stoppage time equaliser meant that the shares were spoiled.

Newcastle will be disappointed that they couldn't seal all three points against the Eagles but they will have been pleased by what they saw from young midfielder Aarons, who looks set to be a star in the Premier League.

The winger was brought on to replace Yoann Gouffran after 67 minutes with Palace leading 2-1 at the time, and he inspired his side to fightback, starting with his goal just six minutes after coming off the bench.

He then floated a cross into the back post in the 88th minute which was turned home by defender Mike Williamson for his first Newcastle goal, before Wilfried Zaha netted a last-gasp equaliser at the other end.

Aarons will be hoping to start his first Premier League game for the Magpies when they travel to Southampton for their next Premier League game in two weeks time, and he fully deserves to after Saturday's showing.

  TeamPosGoalsGoal AssistTotal CrossWon ContestAccurate PassTouchesFinal Third TouchesMins
Rolando Aarons Newcastle MF 1 0 3 3 7 28 20 23
Rémy Cabella Newcastle MF 0 0 12 1 43 85 53 90
Yoan Gouffran Newcastle FW 0 0 1 0 28 44 9 67
Siem de Jong Newcastle FW 0 0 0 0 14 22 18 79

He was only on the pitch for 23 minutes but Aarons had more touches in the final third than Gouffran and Siem De Jong, who both played the majority of the game.

Gouffran, who was replaced by Aarons, made just one cross and had nine touches in the final third in a poor display that should see him dropped for the youngster.

Aarons' 20 touches in the final third were more than the likes of Juan Mata, Cesc Fabregas and Angel Di Maria could manage and they were all on the pitch for the majority of the game.

At just 18, Aarons has an extremely bright future ahead of him and if he can get on the pitch for Newcastle, they will be a more dangerous side in attack.

Though Alan Pardew suggested that he could continue to use Aarons as a substitute speaking after the game on Saturday.

"There’s just something about him. There have been times when we have come up against packed defences in the last two, three games, really, and it’s sometimes difficult.

"Things come unstuck and you start losing your flow and your ideas, and then you just need that sub to make an impact," Pardew said.

Despite being Jamaican-born, Aarons could play for the England side and he has been called up to the under-20 team for their upcoming friendly against Romania.


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