Newcastle United attacker Rolando Aarons has become a forgotten figure at St James’ Park, but can he make an unlikely comeback in the new season?
The 23-year-old was one of the players to return to pre-season training on Thursday (Chronicle Live), which was taken charge by head of academy coach Ben Dawson and also Under-23s coach Neil Redfearn.
With Spaniard Rafael Benitez exiting this summer, it means the club are without a manager as it stands and several players are facing uncertain futures.
Aarons faces an uncertain summer and it will be intriguing to see where he ends up for the new campaign.
He’s a product of the club’s academy and has played 27 first-team games for Newcastle, but has been out in the cold in recent years and had several loan spells away from the North East.
The winger was at Sheffield Wednesday in the Championship last season, as well as Slovan Liberec in the Czech Republic.
According to SDNA, Greek club Panathinaikos want to take him on loan this summer but will have to negotiate on his wages.
Aarons has reported back for pre-season with Newcastle and that may be an opportunity for him to catch the eye in training.
There is definitely a lack of quality options in attack following the exit of Ayoze Perez to Leicester City and also the loss of loanee Salomon Rondon, so there may be a chance for some fringe players to come back into contention.
Aarons is a skilful wide player that is a great dribbler and has express pace, but whether he can make a major impact in the Premier League is a doubt.