Steve McClaren is willing to loan out Newcastle United’s Rolando Aarons – despite his team’s goalscoring problems.
Many fans are keen to see Aarons in McClaren’s starting XI given the team’s problems in the final third of the pitch.
He’s inexperienced – he’s a young boy – but he’s the future. He’s a big plus for us.
But the club’s head coach, believing Aarons needs more first-team experience, has admitted a loan away from St James’s Park is a “possibility”.
And McClaren’s comments will alert a number of Championship clubs, who are able to take Premier League players through the Football League’s emergency loan window until late next month.
Asked if he was looking to farm out Aarons, McClaren said: “That is a possibility.
“He needs games. He needs to play. But Rolando Aarons is most definitely my type of player, most definitely.”
Any loan move, however, would prove controversial given Aarons’ popularity on Tyneside.
Aarons missed much of last season with hamstring and thigh injuries after forcing his way into then-manager Alan Pardew’s plans just over a year ago.
The pacy 19-year-old scored two goals in his six appearances last term.
With Massadio Haidara and Paul Dummett sidelined through injury, Aarons had been pencilled in to play at left-back against Sheffield Wednesday in the Capital One Cup in midweek.
But he suffered a knock on the eve of the match, which Newcastle lost 1-0.
McClaren fielded Aarons at left back in a pre-season fixture against Portland Timbers in the United States, but the England Under-20 international’s preference is a role on the wing.
Aarons went on to score two goals – including a stunning bicycle kick – after being moved upfield in the second half at Providence Park.
And McClaren is excited by Aarons’ potential.
“I like wingers,” said McClaren. “I like players with speed.
“He’s inexperienced – he’s a young boy – but he’s the future. He’s a big plus for us.”