By Russell Edge
Newcastle United boss Rafael Benitez has revealed that Rolando Aarons could be in line for a spell in the first team after holding talks with the winger over his future.
The 22-year-old has just one appearance for the senior side this season, which came in the League Cup defeat to Nottingham Forest, while he appeared on the bench for the opening three games of the campaign, although was left as an unused substitute.
A minor injury niggle has forced him to work his way back into contention for the first team, and after a series of appearances for the youth and reserve sides, which Benitez was watching closely, it appears he could be a consideration going forward for the Spanish boss.
The manager told the Shields Gazette: “I was watching the other day when Rolando was playing for the Under-23s and keeping an eye on him
“He’s training well, he is pushing in the right way. He’s trying to do his best in every training session, and I’ve been talking with him.
“When he played for the Under-23s I was watching the game, analysing things, and then after telling him he has to do this or that.
“It is a question of time. because he’s a young player.”
Aarons, who has 23 appearances for Newcastle under his belt since arriving on a free transfer from Bristol City in 2012, has suffered several serious injuries during his career which have curtailed what appeared to be a promising career on the left wing.
He may be hoping to take the role of Benitez’s regular choice on the flank, Christian Atsu, after the Ghanaian was ruled out of the club’s clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford on Saturday through injury.
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