The Newcastle United supporters in the Transfer Tavern are in subdued spirits following another Premier League defeat on Saturday afternoon.
Newcastle’s Saturday afternoon encounter against Bournemouth was a match that both sides would have been quietly confident of winning, but it was Eddie Howe’s side who stole the three points in stoppage time thanks to a commanding header from Steve Cook. Newcastle drew blank for the second match running – a run which Benitez will be hoping his side can put to an end after the international break.
The punters lining up the bar were lamenting their sides lack of attacking potency throughout the content, and they are beginning to look deeper into the squad for forward-thinking inspiration.
Benitez may look to resolve his attacking crisis in the coming weeks by handing Rolando Aarons a return to first-team action. Earlier today, speaking to the Chronicle Aarons publicly declared his desire to fight for a place in the first team, rather than settle for a loan move in January.
“Every week I am not in the squad I am more and more frustrated”, he said.
“But I am just trying to work on channelling myself the right way and get involved in those games.
“I will continue to be focused and work hard in training.
“Obviously I want to be playing in the first team.”
After spending the majority of last season on the injury table, Aarons has fallen down the pecking order at St James’ Park, and his frustration is beginning to show. Aarons comments suggest no sign of petulance or disrespect towards Benitez, but rather, a willingness to work hard at any level of the game to prove his fitness and ability to the Newcastle manager.
If Aarons continues to express the level of desire and commitment he is displaying right now, then it will only be a matter of time before he is rewarded with a first-team opportunity.
For any professional footballer, the road to recovery from a serious injury can be arduous and immensely frustrating.
At just 21 years old, the attitude Aarons is demonstrating within his current position is highly commendable, and it indicates he is ready for a promotion in the coming weeks.
As Aarons eluded to in his interview, a player can only improve by playing with quality players, and until he is given a chance in the first-team, his true potential will remain unearthed.
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