While perhaps not the ideal destination, Rolando Aarons may well have been delighted when Slovan Liberec offered Newcastle's forgotten man the chance to join them on loan given that the transfer window had already closed across most of Europe.
Aarons looked some distance away from getting another chance under Rafa Benitez at St James' Park. And if he has any hope of salvaging his Magpies career, another loan move looked to represent his best chance of forcing his way back into the picture.
But given the club he ultimately joined, it would arguably be fair to suggest that Aarons faces a significantly tougher task than the likes of Jack Colback or Dwight Gayle have in their respective loan spells, as it will be much tougher to gauge how much his form out on loan will benefit him upon his return.
But if his task already represented an uphill climb, it appears that the hill has got much steeper after just two appearances for his new side.
Aarons is seemingly being eased into his new surroundings, having been substituted off around the hour-mark in both games - that have both ended in defeat to Liberec.
While the loss on his debut saw both goals conceded after he was taken off, the defeat to Sparta Prague at the weekend was a lot more emphatic with Martin Dubravka's former side claiming a 4-1 win, with much of the damage being done in the first half-hour as the home side took a quick 3-0 lead.
Aarons cannot be held that accountable for his team's defensive woes, but it does appear to be a nightmare start and he is so far yet to make an impact at the other end of the pitch.
He still has more than enough time to turn his situation around, but it would hardly be a surprise if he needed an almost flawless spell to catch Benitez's eye. And unfortunately for the wide-man, the Spaniard will currently not be losing any sleep over the decision to let him go.
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