Rolando Aarons could play a vital role for Newcastle over the festive period if McClaren lets him shine

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The Newcastle United winger is nearing a return to full fitness.

In recent comments published by the Chronicle, Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren suggested that injured winger Rolando Aarons was “a couple of days away” from returning to the first-team squad.

The same goes for midfielder Cheick Tiote and considering the busy Christmas and New Year period that double boost could not be timelier.

After all, the sheer number of league matches in the next four weeks will go a long way to determining if the Magpies keep their place in the top flight, and Aarons could be the catalyst for a very bright 2016.

Newcastle’s 2-0 victory against Liverpool last weekend hinted at better things to come, and if McClaren’s men can follow that up with a positive result against Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday he could then get the chance to thrust Aarons into the fold with the players around him in fine fettle.

The 20-year-old has accrued just 57 minutes of league football this season due to injury, and when youngsters come into a side it can be difficult for them to play to their full potential when their more experienced teammates are stuck in a rut.

However, a positive atmosphere breeds confidence and if Newcastle can go on a mini run they could then see Aarons blossom over Christmas, either from the start or more likely from the bench in the short term.

It is time the tricky winger got his chance to shine, but it is up to Newcastle’s star names to ensure he comes into a side brimming with excitement for the matches to come rather than won bogged down by the burden of a relegation scrap.

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