Rolando Aarons reveals how Pardew inspired his first Newcastle goal

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The 18-year-old also insists he is staying humble - admitting he still changes in the reserve-team dressing room!

It is an exciting time to be Rolando Aarons.

Less so Alan Pardew, whose time as Newcastle United boss could be up in just two games - if recent reports are anything to go by.

But one has still credited the other for his rise into the spotlight.

To clarify that a little: Aarons has revealed that a small piece of advice from his manager has inspired his breakthrough onto the Premier League scene.

Indeed, the 18-year-old came on to score his first competitive goal for Newcastle during their 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace. And Aarons says Pardew's advice to attack his full-back every game has helped him make an impact.

"The manager tells me just to get at the full-back every game. I went out and just tried to block out of my head how big an occasion it is when I played against Palace," he is quoted as saying by the Daily Mirror.

"I just played my game and was happy to make an impact. I'd been dreaming about that moment for my whole life, so when I got out there I just wanted to impress.

"It's the first header I've ever scored in my life. It was just instinct, I didn't think about it. To see it hit the back of the net in front of all those fans was just a crazy feeling."

  TeamPosGoalsAerial Duels WonDribbles WonAppsMins
Rolando Aarons Newcastle MF 1 2 4 2 39
Daryl Janmaat Newcastle DF 1 0 4 3 259
Michael Williamson Newcastle DF 1 21 0 3 269
Fabricio Coloccini Newcastle DF 0 7 1 3 270
Emmanuel Rivière Newcastle FW 0 5 3 3 250
Moussa Sissoko Newcastle MF 0 3 6 3 270

As Opta stats show, Aarons' positive approach has seen him score once and win four dribbles on the ball so far this Premier League season. Only Remy Cabella and Moussa Sissoko have won a larger amount - having played 231 minutes more.

The youngster has also won two aerial duels, one of which resulted in his goal against Palace.

"It's not my personality to get carried away with anything," Aarons added.

"I like to take things in my stride and I'm quite humble, so it's all fine. I still change in the reserve-team dressing room at Newcastle - and that's fine!"

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