Ex-Newcastle winger tips Magpies prospect to become 'a really great player'

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Former Newcastle winger Keith Gillespie has been impressed with Rolando Aarons.

Previously under-fire Newcastle boss Alan Pardew has led a remarkable turnaround over the last two weeks, with four successive wins in all competitions.

After beating Leicester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool, the Magpies are certainly flying high, and Pardew has backed young players during this impressive spell.

Paul Dummett, Mehdi Abeid, Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez have all played key roles in the revival, but it's winger Rolando Aarons who will grab the headlines.

Aarons, 18, has bagged two goals in just five appearances last season, and has long been tipped to impress ever since his 2012 move from Bristol City.

Now, former Newcastle winger Keith Gillespie says that he's been pleased with the performances of his fellow wide man, tipping the youngster for the top.

"What I have seen of him I have really liked. He’s still very young and he’s done well in the games he’s played in," said Gillespie.

"He will have a lot of improving to do but the fact that he’s forced his way into the Newcastle side at such a young age shows he’s a good player," he added. "He will need guidance from the people at Newcastle and hopefully if he does keep listening and learning he goes on to be a really great player."

Born in Jamaica but an England Under-20 international, Aarons has been earmarked as a future full England international, and if he can continue to progress at the rate he is, that won't be far off.

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