Rolando Aarons has the perfect chance to prove Steve McClaren wrong this week

St James Park

This week the teenage winger has a chance to show the Newcastle United boss he deserves to start more often.

Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren’s use of Rolando Aarons this season suggests the 19-year-old winger still has some way to go before he will be a regular fixture in the Magpies’ starting line-up.

Given his age that makes a degree of sense, and yet as Anthony Martial has already proved at Manchester United this season, age really is only a number when it comes to some footballers.

Aarons is innately talented and he is the breath of fresh air this Newcastle side needs right now.

After taking just two points from their first six league matches of the new season, Newcastle find themselves second from bottom in the table, with only a mildly better goal-difference saving them from the embarrassment of being the worst side in the division.

Aarons has featured three times in the league this season but has hardly been given the time to make an impact, with a 36-minute appearance against Swansea City followed by 11 minutes against West Ham United and 10 minutes against Watford.

However, Aarons did play the entire match against Northampton Town in the Capital One Cup last month and he is expected to turn out in the next round against Sheffield Wednesday later this week.

And assuming he does so, Aarons must use the match as a platform to prove McClaren is wrong to use him as little more than a bit-part player.

Something needs to change at St James’ Park this season before it is too late, and McClaren only has the players currently at his disposal to choose from.

A fine performance from Aarons against Wednesday and surely he will not ignore the teenage winger any longer; and that – at least in part – could be the catalyst Newcastle need to start climbing up the table.

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