91% pass accuracy: Newcastle teenager shows potential v Liverpool

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Rolando Aarons continued to impress with his latest performance in Newcastle United’s 1-0 victory over Liverpool.

NewcastleUnited  travelled to the Etihad during the week and wiped the floor of Premier League champions Manchester City, as 18-year-old Rolando Aarons stole the show. 

The teenager, who is reportedly on Roy Hodgson's radar, scored in the first six minutes against Manuel Pellegrini's side, to guarantee a third successive victory for the under-pressure Alan Pardew. 

After impressing with his cameo against the Citizens, many tipped Aarons to earn a start as Newcastle welcomed Liverpool in Saturday's mid-day kick-off. 

Unfortunately, he wasn't handed a start. Nonetheless, Aarons replaced the injured Gabriel Obertan shortly before the half-hour mark and showed a few glimpses of his undoubted talent.

This Premier League clash saw the youngster up against Raheem Sterling, who 11 months his senior, was also born in Jamaica’s capital, Kingston, before moving to the United Kingdom as a young boy.

It's no surprise the comparisons between the Magpies youngster and the England international are already being made.

  MatchTotal ShotsKey PassesDribbles WonTotal PassPass Accuracy (%)TouchesMins Played
Rolando Aarons Newcastle vs Liverpool 1 0 1 11 91% 26 63

He may have only accumulated 26 touches during his involvement, yet the youngster proved his competence in possession. He recorded a 90.9% pass completion and found himself dispossessed on just one occasion.

The 18-year-old was involved in some of Newcastle's best pieces of attacking play against Brendan Rodgers's Liverpool, offering a threat with his pace and dribbling ability.

He completed one take-on and managed one attempt at goal in his cameo - causing problems for Newcastle's lethargic opposition.

While he could be accused of lacking execution, at this early stage of his career he has the luxury of time, which will allow him to develop.  

Aarons certainly looks a hot prospect, but having made just three appearances this term, claims of a first England call-up are alarmingly premature.

Indeed, he is a player many will envisage starring for the Three Lions in the future, but similar to Sterling not too long ago, he remains a raw talent, whose ability needs fine tuning. 

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