According to a recent report from The Northern Echo, Rolando Aarons could be set for a move away this summer. The 22-year-old currently plays his football at Premier League side Newcastle United and has done so since 2014, although the winger has only 27 senior appearances to show for his time in the North East.
And reports suggest that manager Rafa Benitez is seeking to sanction the £630,000-rated (as per Transfermarkt) outcast’s departure this summer, which should be of interest to Rangers boss Steven Gerrard as, were he to take a punt on the Englishman, it could turn out to be a transfer masterstroke.
Ultimately, 22-year-old Aarons has endured a testing time at Newcastle since moving from Bristol City as a youth player back in 2014, with several injuries problems decimating his stint on Tyneside.
However, there have been flashes of brilliance from Aarons in netting four times and laying on three assists in 27 first team appearances for the Magpies, including a goal and an assist in a 23-minute cameo against Crystal Palace back in 2014, and doing the same in their 5-1 hammering of Tottenham on the final day of the 2015/16 campaign.
Yes, those injury issues must be of concern to any interested party, but there is no doubt that the 22-year-old has huge potential just waiting to be fulfilled – taking a punt could prove to be a masterstroke.
And while Rangers were the highest goal-scorers in the Scottish Premiership last season, the departure of Josh Windass will no doubt be a big loss to Gerrard’s side this term, and as such they must seek to fill the void left by the Englishman – Aarons may be able to do that.
Be it an electric turn of pace as well as the ability to drive at defenders with close ball control, the 22-year-old could prove to be a huge asset to Gerrard’s men this season – and a fresh start somewhere after a testing time at Newcastle could be exactly what Aarons himself needs to fulfil his potential.
Yes, it would certainly be a gamble given the winger’s recent injury issues, but having shown flashes of brilliance during his time at St James’ Park, taking a punt on the young Englishman could prove to be a Rangers transfer masterstroke.
Rangers fans… what do you think? Let us know!