Among those who will be shown the exit door this summer by Rafa Benitez’s Newcastle United, Christian Atsu should top the list.
Despite his final effort in a bright performance against Liverpool, he’s just been too inconsistent or ineffective going forward to be considered for next season’s team. Finally, it looks as if the Toon Army are moving on from such limited players. We hope.
Atsu has always struggled to rise through in the Premier League, underperforming in both his seasons with the Magpies and failing to do a whole lot of anything at either Bournemouth and Everton. Still, while letting him go won’t be that difficult, gaining a proper replacement could be tricky, considering how tight Mike Ashley literally always is with his cash.
However, much to Newcastle’s good luck, they have an in-house talent ready to fill in his shoes.
Rolando Aarons (yes, him again) has actually looked brighter in his short loan with Sheffield Wednesday than Atsu did the whole season. The 23-year-old put on some bright performances, impressing fans so much they want him to stay beyond the loan. However, the Magpies can’t allow that as it’s time for them to unleash the sizzling winger in their own system.
Obviously, it’s been frustrating for Toon fans to watch the former Bristol City youngster fail to deliver in black and white after THAT breakthrough performance against Manchester City in the cup all those years ago, but there is certainly a talent in there somewhere.
Aarons might’ve only scored and assisted 1 apiece in nine Championship appearances, yet showed encouraging signs with his electric flashes on the wings. Indeed, the left-winger is full of energy on the pitch, swirling past defenders with ease to panic opposition in the final third.
As a back-up for the likes of Ayoze Perez and Miguel Almiron, he could be perfect, if he can sort his fitness issues out. All of this after he arrived on a free from the Robins as a youngster, too. Great, isn’t it? If the Mags can sort him out, that’ll look like a great swoop.
The 23-year-old needs to focus on his delivery and final product, something Benitez can help him improve. Unlike Atsu, time is on Aarons’ side to climb through Newcastle’s ranks.
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