Chelsea game vital for Newcastle United, says Rolando Aarons

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The Magpies travel to Stamford Bridge on Saturday afternoon.

This weekend’s clash with Chelsea is a vital one for Newcastle United, winger Rolando Aarons has told the club’s official website.

With 13 games remaining of the season, the Magpies are currently 17th in the table and just one point away from Norwich City in 18th place.

They are very much in a relegation battle then, with this season’s fight against the drop looking to be a close one for them once again.

Last weekend saw them beat West Bromwich Albion to give their hopes a boost, and Aarons says they are heading to Stamford Bridge looking for a similar result.

"It's obviously an important game for us," he told

"Every game between now and the end of the season is going to be vital and Chelsea is one of them.”

“But there's a lot of good players in our squad and we've shown how good we can be. Now we have to reproduce that (against Chelsea). We're going there to win.”

The midfielder also says he is happy to help out the team in any way he can after finding himself in defence for the win the win over the Baggies.

With a defensive injury crisis having hit Steve McClaren’s squad in recent weeks, he turned to Aarons to fill in at left back, with the youngster putting in a decent shift in a somewhat unfamiliar role.

And he is happy to play again in that position so long as he is helping his team secure points.

“If I have to play left-back again then so be it,” he added.

“I haven't played a lot of first team football so I'm happy to help out the team any way I can."

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