Newcastle have still failed to sign any players this summer.
Newcastle are still on the look out for summer reinforcements, with pre-season already underway and no one heading to St James’ Park.
They have transfer targets, of course, but as of yet no deals have been closed to bring new players to a squad desperately in need of them.
The defensive unit needs some serious work if it is to get up to the level required in the Premier League, and a consistent goal scoring striker would not go amiss, but there is one position that could actually benefit from this lack of transfer business - and one player especially could excel.
Rolando Aarons was on the verge on enjoying a breakthrough season last term, before injury ruled him out for much of the campaign.
His vibrant attacking play was an antidote to the dour play on show at St James’ Park, and when he was absent it came as no surprise that offensive efficiency all-but disappeared.
Attacking reinforcements have been highlighted as an area that needs working on, but if no one is signed, it could be that the 2015/16 season is the one for Aarons to truly breakthrough and excel as a Premier League player.
Steve McClaren plays a technical style of football that will allow Aarons time to create play and show off his ability, but if a more well known player was brought it, the youngster would likely find his place in the squad under threat.
Aarons needs a chance to play consistent football this season to ensure his development continues its impressive rise, and the lack of incoming players will allow him to establish himself in the side ahead of what promises to be an exciting season for the youngster.