Rolando Aarons, who impressed considerably for Newcastle United in their last game against Crystal Palace, is set to make his first start for the north east club in their clash at Southampton on Saturday, as reported by the Daily Star.
Aarons forced his way into Newcastle’s first team setup with a stunning pre-season, including setting up a goal against German giants Schalke in a tournament game in Germany. He then scored against Crystal Palace prior to the international break, and also set up another goal as Alan Pardew’s men drew 3-3 with Neil Warnock’s new side.
The youngster’s good form has not stopped there, however, as he starred during his first game for the England Under 20 side last Friday, when he featured against Romania.
There was an intention to use Aarons infrequently during his freshman Premier League season, but with the pressure ramping up on Pardew, he looks set to hand him his first start.
Pardew has not been helped by Siem de Jong’s long term injury or Yoan Gouffran’s struggles, but Aarons’ good form gives Pardew an option that he probably never thought he had.