Newcastle United academy product Rolando Aarons has not been included in Rafa Benitez’ 25-man Premier League squad, leaving the Magpies fans very much divided over the youngster.
Aarons was linked with a move away from St James’ Park in the transfer window, with new Rangers boss Steven Gerrard and Championship side Hull City interested in the wide man, along with Greek side AEK Athens.
No sign of Rolando Aarons on either #nufc squad list. Wasn’t handed squad number either but club have confirmed still on the books.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) September 3, 2018
It seems a long time since the Jamaican-born Aarons made his Premier League debut for the Magpies back under Alan Pardew in 2014, in a 2-0 home defeat to Manchester City.
The tricky winger suffered a long-term knee injury at the start of the 2016/17 season, meaning he only made a handful of performances in the Magpies Championship-winning campaign.
Aarons, who was capped by England Under-20s, went on loan to Hellas Verona last season and made 11 appearances for the Serie A side. Now, with the transfer window closed in Europe as well as domestically, the winger is set to stay in Newcastle’s Under-23 side for the near future.
Newcastle fans are divided over the decision to leave Aarons out of the squad with many melancholy that the youngster was never able to fulfil his potential at St. James’ Park. Others have pondered whether Benitez might have done more to get the best out of the homegrown starlet.
Here are some of the responses Newcastle fans have made regarding the news on Twitter…
Rolando Aarons left out of #nufc PL squad with the loan window now closed. Wow. Who’d have thought this would be how it ends when he first burst onto the scene?
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) September 3, 2018
he looked insane when he was 17 I thought he was going to have a big future 🙁
— Dazza D (@xFishyxUHC) September 3, 2018
He’s one those young talents destroyed by injuries. It’s sad to see especially when he first started for us, he looked like he had a bright future ahead of him
— Michael (@Michael_NUFC9) September 4, 2018
Gutted for him! Had such potential and thought Rafa would have brought more out of him!!
— Martin Stanley (@mgstanley17) September 3, 2018
Read a lot of comments about Rolando Aarons tonight. A good kid with a bright future cruelly plagued by injuries at a crucial time in his development. Persistent hamstring problems are so hard to overcome. Best of luck to the lad in whatever his future holds #nufc
— marty lawrance (@marty_lawrance) September 3, 2018
As if Aarons isn’t in our 25 man squad but Atsu is
— Shay (@Lxjeune) September 4, 2018
Lazaar is in our squad but Aarons isn’t? What the hell? #NUFC
— Scott Daley (@ScottDaley26) September 4, 2018