By Coral Barry
Rolando Aarons has revealed he is miserable when he is not playing and is desperate to impress Newcastle manager Rafael Benitez.
The Newcastle winger has slowly been breaking into the first-team and grabbed his first Premier League goal on the final day of the 2015-16 season in the 5-1 drubbing of Tottenham.
Aarons, 20, will be playing in the Championship with Newcastle next season and admitted he is aiming to make himself an indispensable member of Benitez’s promotion seeking side.
He admits he has held talks about his future with the manager.
“I’m miserable when I’m not playing, and I’ve spoken to him a few times and he’s just given me the real truth,” Aarons told the club website. “I spoke to him (before the Spurs game) and he told me what he thought and told me what I need to do and why I’m not in the team, and I’ve listened to him.
“He’s brought me on [against Spurs], he’s a top manager and I can learn a lot from him.”
He added: “Every pre-season is a big pre-season, because you’ve got to show the manager what you can do, and next season is no different.
“Play games, score goals – that’s what I love doing, getting assists and scoring goals. That’s what I’m about, and what I’d like to build my profile around.”
Benitez is on the lookout for attackers this summer with striker Dwight Gayle and winger Matt Ritchie thought to be on the verge of moves to St James’ Park.
The Newcastle boss wants to add at least two strikers to his ranks and Aarons would be tasked with supplying the passes for the Magpies’ frontmen.
The 20-year-old is most comfortable on the left wing, but can play on either side and even filled in at left-back for Newcastle during the course of their disappointing season.
In other Newcastle news, a player who joined the Magpies only last season is now set for an exit.