Newcastle boss McClaren reveals long-term admiration for Rolando Aarons; hints at role ahead of upcoming season

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Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren is a huge fan of Rolando Aarons and has revealed that he tried to sign him during his time at Derby.

Steve McClaren has suggested, in quotes carried by the Newcastle Chronicle, that Rolando Aarons will be going nowhere this summer, hinting at a potential first-team role this season.

The former England manager has also admitted his long-term interest in the 19-year-old, which stems back to his time at Championship outfit Derby County. 

After a promising pre-season, Aarons will be looking to establish himself as a first-team regular in 2015/16.

Despite impressing briefly for the Magpies under Alan Pardew, following a hamstring problem in November, he went on to make just one substitute appearance in the remainder of the season.

In total, he featured just four times in the Premier League for the club last term - a record he will be looking to improve upon during the upcoming campaign.

With just a year left on his current contract, many Newcastle fans have been calling for the teenage winger to be tied down to a long-term deal - clearly they value the talent that he possesses. 

McClaren, while discussing the youngster's ability, admitted he tried to sign Aarons on loan at Derby County.

According to the Newcastle Chronicle, he said: “I remember watching Rolando playing for England Under-20s. I rang up the next day and said: 'Alan you’ve got to let this kid come to Derby he’d be fantastic'.

“He has such pace and excitement. It gets you up off your seat and you want players like that. He is a bit erratic and inconsistent but he’s very young.

“We don’t want to block Rolando’s progress or pathway to the first team where eventually he will be. We are introducing him slowly.”

He showed significant promise, regardless of his lack of minutes last term.

Throughout his four substitute appearances for the Magpies, he fashioned two key passes, while completing 67% of his attempted take ons.

Meanwhile, he found the back of the net during his cameo against Crystal Palace, as he finished the season with a 20% conversion rate.

The Newcastle manager went on to discuss the youngster's potential role ahead of the new season - and based on his comments, he is clearly eager to take advantage of his versatility as he continues his development.

McClaren said: “We played him at left-back in one of the pre-season games and he was absolutely terrific.

“That will improve his defensive work."

“We don’t want to block his progress because he’s going to be an exciting player.”

McClaren's comments suggest it is a little early to expect Aarons to feature regularly in the Newcastle starting line-up this season, but certainly expect him to appear on a weekly basis as a substitute.

The 19-year-old remains a very raw talent, but he has the potential to be something special at St. James' Park. 

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