Aston Villa interest shows how far Newcastle's Rolando Aarons has fallen

Steve Bruce manager of Aston Villa looks on prior to the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Bristol City at Villa Park on February 28, 2017 in Birmingham, England.

Liverpool, Man City and Arsenal wanted Aarons back in 2014 - three years on he's being linked with a move to Championship side Aston Villa.

Rolando Aarons of Newcastle United receives treatment for an injury during the EFL Cup second round match between Newcastle United and Cheltenham Town at St. James' Park on August 23, 2016...

Sometimes life really isn’t fair. Three years ago, Rolando Aarons was emerging as one of the brightest talents in English football, making his mark in Newcastle United’s first team and being linked with a move to one of the Premier League’s biggest clubs.

These days, however, injuries have transformed him from the club’s great hope into their forgotten man. And Aarons is now being tipped to drop down to the Championship in order to get his stuttering career back on track.

According to The Mirror (15.06pm Live Blog), Aston Villa are battling Crystal Palace and Huddersfield Town to land the 22-year-old winger, the trio hoping that he will be made available on a cut-price deal.

Rolando Aarons of Newcastle United scores his sides fourth goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on May 15, 2016 in...

And while Villa appear to be going places right now, sitting fourth in the Championship and in an excellent position to fight for promotion, the expectation was that Aarons would be starring at the top of the English game by now – not about to drop into the second tier.

According to The Express in December 2014, the skilful winger had attracted interest from Manchester City, Arsenal and Liverpool after making a superb start to his Newcastle career.

Rolando Aarons of Newcastle United celebrates scoring their second goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Crystal Palace at St James' Park on August 30,...

Aarons scored and starred in a 2-0 EFL Cup win away at City two months prior, drawing comparisons with one Raheem Sterling.

But after a cruel and relentless array of injuries, which have limited Aarons to four league starts in the last two seasons, he could ironically be fighting for a place with another of English football’s forgotten talents – one Jack Grealish.

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