Newcastle United’s forgotten man Rolando Aarons has admitted that he is looking to take inspiration from Manchester City superstar Raheem Sterling as he aims to get his career off the ground again, as reported by the Guardian.
Five years ago, Aarons announced himself as one of the most exciting young wingers in the country.
At the age of just 18, he scored and ran Manchester City’s defence ragged as Alan Pardew’s Newcastle sealed shock a 2-0 EFL Cup win away at the Etihad Stadium. Blessed with an eye for goal, pace to burn and that trademark jinking run, comparisons with a young Sterling were all but inevitable.
But, while City’s number seven has evolved into one of the most feared attackers in world football with 14 goals in 16 games this season alone, Aarons is now on loan at League One outfit Wycombe Wanderers after a series of long-term injuries halted his progress.
Not that the 23-year-old, whose winning goal last weekend fired unfancied Wycombe to the top of the table, is giving up on a career at the top level just yet.
“(Sterling) is like superman right now. He’s matured and found his mojo. I’ve spoken to him about that [his form]. He said he’s learnt to ignore everyone else and focus on himself and that’s what I’ve been trying to do,” said Aarons, who was born in Kingston, Jamaica like the City star.
“He is a massive, massive sort of role model to every kid like me. Raheem has been there and done it. Even though he is only a year older than me, which is crazy; it seems like he has been around for at least 10 years.”
“I watch Raheem, Douglas Costa, [Kylian] Mbappé – I watch loads of players that play wide and score goals. I’ll watch clips at home or after training and I’ve got a match analyst that sends me my clips and shows me what I need to do.”
Aarons was left out of Newcastle’s 25-man Premier League squad despite impressing Steve Bruce in pre-season, a decision that left him ‘massively surprised and disappointed’, but he clearly has the appetite to bite back and make up for lost time.
Finding the net as regularly as Sterling wouldn’t do his chances of a fresh start at St James’ Park any harm at all.
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