Rolando Aarons

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Rolando Aarons
Personal information
Full name Rolando Aarons[1]
Date of birth (1995-11-16) 16 November 1995 (age 19)
Place of birth Kingston, Jamaica
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)[2]
Playing position Winger
Club information
Current team
Newcastle United
Number 16
Youth career
2009–2012 Bristol City
2012–2014 Newcastle United
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2014– Newcastle United 3 (1)
National team
2014– England U20 1 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 15:12, 01 November 2014 (UTC).
† Appearances (Goals).

Rolando Aarons (born 16 November 1995) is an English professional footballer who plays for Newcastle United as a midfielder.

Born in Jamaica, Aarons was called up to the England national U-20 team in August 2014 and has indicated his intention to play in the England set-up.

Club career[edit]

Newcastle United[edit]

Aarons joined Newcastle United in 2012 after being released by his home town club Bristol City.[3] He made his reserve team debut on 8 February 2013 against Stoke City and scored in his second reserve game against Crystal Palace 17 days later.[2][4]

Aarons travelled with the Newcastle squad to their game against Fulham. He was not included in the matchday squad as the Magpies lost 1–0. Reserves teammate Ľubomír Šatka also travelled with the squad for the first time.

On 1 April 2014, Aarons signed a professional contract with Newcastle United.[5]

2014–15 season[edit]

Aarons had an impressive pre-season prior to the 2014–15 season, scoring one goal and creating one assist in the 2014 Schalke 04 Cup against Bundesliga team Schalke. Shortly after, he was allocated the number 16 shirt.[6] On 17 August 2014, he made his Premier League debut in their first match of the campaign, replacing Yoan Gouffran for the final 16 minutes of a 2–0 home defeat to Manchester City.[7] He scored his first senior goal in the 3–3 draw with Crystal Palace on 30 August. He also set up teammate Mike Williamson for Newcastle's third goal in the same match, striking the post with his own effort. His contribution to the match described by The Guardian as "thrillingly incisive".[8] Aarons came back from England U-20 duty with a hamstring injury; scans in mid-September determined that it would take around six weeks for the injury to heal.[9] On 29 October, Aarons returned from injury to score his second goal for the club in the fourth round of the League Cup, opening the scoring in Newcastle's 2–0 away victory over holders Manchester City.[10] In early November, Aarons suffered a recurrence of his hamstring injury, ruling him out for another month.[11]

International career[edit]

Aarons is eligible to represent either England or Jamaica at international level.[12] In August 2014, he received his first call-up to the England U-20 team, marking his debut with the opening goal in a 6–0 friendly match win over Romania on 5 September.[13][14] His club manager Alan Pardew confirmed that, despite interest from Jamaica, Aarons intended to pursue an international future within the England set-up.[15]

Style of play[edit]

Aarons operates on the outside of midfield or as a winger, usually on the left side. He is left-footed and known for his injections of pace and technical ability.[16] He has been compared to Liverpool winger Raheem Sterling in his playing style and in his descent; both are Jamaican-born and are playing for English clubs.[16]

Personal life[edit]

Aarons was born in Kingston, Jamaica. He migrated to England at the age of 5 to join his mother who was already living in the city of Bristol.[17]

Career statistics[edit]

As of 01 November 2014[18]
Club statistics
Club Season League FA Cup League Cup Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Newcastle United 2014–15 Premier League 3 1 0 0 2 1 5 2
Career total 3 1 0 0 2 1 5 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Barclays Premier League: notification of shirt numbers" (PDF). Premier League. p. 14. Retrieved 16 August 2014. 
  2. ^ a b "Rolando Aarons". Newcastle United FC. Retrieved 18 March 2014. 
  3. ^ Cameron, Neil (9 September 2014). "Newcastle United star Rolando Aarons' fightback after being dumped Bristol City shows real character". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  4. ^ "Reserves Fixtures 2012/13". Newcastle United FC. 15 July 2013. Retrieved 6 January 2014. 
  5. ^ "Aarons Pens Professional Deal" (Press release). Newcastle United. 1 April 2014. Retrieved 1 April 2014. 
  6. ^ "Squad Numbers Announced" (Press release). Newcastle United. 7 August 2014. Retrieved 7 August 2014. 
  7. ^ Chowdhury, Saj (17 August 2014). "Newcastle 0–2 Man City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 17 August 2014. 
  8. ^ Taylor, Louise (30 August 2014). "Crystal Palace’s Wilfried Zaha scores last-gasp equaliser at Newcastle". The Guardian. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  9. ^ Ryder, Lee (16 September 2014). "Injury woes for Newcastle United as Rolando Aarons could be out for longer than feared". Evening Chronicle. Retrieved 18 September 2014. 
  10. ^ "Holders Manchester City were knocked out of the League Cup as a youthful Newcastle side earned the club's first win in 12 attempts at Etihad Stadium.". BBC Sport. 29 October 2014. Retrieved 29 October 2014. 
  11. ^ Starforth, Miles (11 November 2014). "Rolando Aarons blow for Newcastle". Shields Gazette. Retrieved 11 November 2014. 
  12. ^ Douglas, Mark (9 August 2014). "Newcastle United youngster Roland Aarons wanted by Championship clubs – and Jamaica". The Journal. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  13. ^ "Aidy Boothroyd names U20 squad to face Romania". The FA. 28 August 2014. Retrieved 28 August 2014. 
  14. ^ Reid, Jamie (5 September 2014). "Boothroyd's boys hit Romania for six in Telford". The FA. Retrieved 5 September 2014. 
  15. ^ Starforth, Miles (29 August 2014). "Rolando Aarons will target England future, says Newcastle United boss Alan Pardew". Shields Gazette. Retrieved 30 August 2014. 
  16. ^ a b "Rolando Aarons seeks a reward for his sterling effort at Newcastle". Daily Express. 31 October 2014. Retrieved 5 November 2014. 
  17. ^ http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/sport/football/football-news/newcastle-uniteds-brightest-best-freddie-8793133
  18. ^ Rolando Aarons profile at Soccerway

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