The name on everybody’s lips around St. James Park is that of Rolando Aarons.
The 18-year-old jinking winger has broken through into the Alan Pardew’s team at the start of this season and been a revelation in his first few starts for the Magpies.
Quick, skillful and direct, Aarons is a threat to every defence and he already has scored his maiden Premier League goal, raising his stock further.
As is the way with modern football, his form has already seen him linked with Manchester City and Liverpool and in this piece we take a look at five facts about the whiz-kid who is causing quite a stir in the North-East.
1) Newcastle United actually spotted Aarons’ potential two years ago. They signed him from Bristol City in 2012 after a successful trial period at the club and it looks to have been an excellent piece of scouting.
2) Much like in his professional career, Aarons only took two games in a Newcastle shirt to score. His first goal for the club came in a reserve team fixture against Crystal Palace.
3) Aarons’ coach through the youth-team levels at Newcastle Willie Donachie had spotted his potential from a young-age and his ability to finish made a quick impression. Donachie said, on Aarons’ goal against Palace: "It was a good goalscorer's goal, through the defender's legs and right into the corner.”
4) According to the Chronicle, an unnamed Newcastle United player on their pre-season tour had already tipped Aarons to have a break-through campaign this year. “Honestly, I don’t know what he’s done over the summer but he is absolutely flying. He could be in for a season to remember you know,” they claim one of Aarons’ teammates to have said.
5) Aarons has already been tipped for international recognition in the future and, although he is eligible for Jamaica, it looks like he is firmly committed to England. The fleet-footed attacker was handed his first-call up to the England under 20’s squad this month and he will be looking to continue to impress the Three Lions’ staff.