Newcastle United winger Rolando Aarons has been nothing short of a revelation since he burst onto the senior scene for the Magpies this season.
Three appearances, a Premier League goal and a confidence that belies (or perhaps reflects) his age, the England under-20 international has been a shining light for Alan Pardew’s side.
While most wondered how the summer signings would do at St James’ Park, an 18-year-old is currently upstaging the majority of them, and now he has given a glimpse into how that has happened.
In quotes published by the Shields Gazette, Aarons said, “This summer I really worked hard. I didn’t go on holiday.
“I stayed where I was and did a lot of work with a conditioning coach. It’s really helped me so far this season.”
It certainly has, with the teenager making an early claim for breakthrough youngster of the season.
There is still a very long way to go, and Newcastle will not want to put too much pressure on the player too soon. But he has shown in his willingness to miss out on a summer of relaxation and instead focus on preparing for a new campaign that he could have the right mind-set off the pitch to go with his considerable talent on it.