Rolando Aarons has arrived at Motherwell from Newcastle as the winger looks to make a Fir Park impact.
His aim will be to effectively replace James Scott, who’s left the Well for Hull City. Scott’s deadline day move allowed Stephen Robinson to claim the Toon winger on a loan deal until the end of the season.
After a breakthrough at Newcastle in 2014, Aarons’ career path has resulted in him taking in five different loan spells in three countries. Most recently, he was with Wycombe Wanderers in League One.
Well fans might not know what to expect from Aarons entirely, but Geordie Boot Boys writer James Rutherford does. An avid Newcastle fan, Rutherford has watched Aarons rise through the ranks at the Magpies.
He believes this will be an excellent signing for Motherwell: “He was unreal for the Reserves and there was always talk of him coming through.
“I remember him scoring in a 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace and you thought ‘he’s in now.’ When he played, he was quick, ran at players, got down the wing and put the ball in the box. Steve Bruce took a look at him in the summer and he played left-wing-back.
“Everyone was quite surprised he didn’t get a place in the squad before he went to a League One side on loan. He has the appetite, he wants to play. He’s rapid and he does a have an end product.
“It’s just a case of finding it. I remember we put out a youth team against Manchester City in the cup and he scored a cracker. He was doing quite well at Wycombe, fans were quite sad that he didn’t play as much.
“If he can settle I think he’ll stand out and could be a big player for Motherwell. He could be a talisman-like player, he just needs to find consistency.”
Well boss Robinson is well aware of what he can bring. As noted by most, his technical ability and lighting-quick pace are key strengths in Aarons’ game. Injuries haven’t been kind to him at Newcastle but he’ll hope for regular minutes at Fir Park.
It’s a potentially exciting addition. Motherwell need good quality in the forward areas after losing someone as good as Scott. Whilst his deal will help the club long-term, it’s a loss of quality in the short-term.
Robinson reckons Aarons can be the man to step up and fill that void though. He’s pinpointed the key areas he likes about the Newcastle winger.
“I think Aarons can bring a bit of excitement, 1 v 1 he’s very good,” said Robinson. “He’s a boy who’s career has stood still a little bit. He burst onto the scene very young, got a lot of plaudits. He’s now trying to take his career on an upward curve again.
“We’re hoping we can do that because on first viewings of him he’s a lot of talent. Longer term we couldn’t afford to keep him, not with the money he’s on.
“What he has to do is kickstart his career in the right direction. We’ve done that numerous times with players and we’ll provide a platform. He’s certainly got talent, he’s caught everyone’s eye.”