Sky journo: Bruce deems Newcastle preseason regular ‘surplus to requirements’, two clubs keen

Rolando Aarons had been deemed “surplus to requirements” at Newcastle United, and could be allowed to leave the club before the transfer deadline on Thursday, according to Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie.

The wide man has featured regularly during the Magpies’ preseason campaign, but it is understood that new manager Steve Bruce is willing to let him go, despite the two working together at Sheffield Wednesday last term.

If he does go, Wednesday would be interested in taking him back to Hillsborough, although they could face competition from Wigan Athletic.

OPINION

This is a little but baffling, truth be told. Not only has Aarons feature consistently throughout preseason, but he also worked with Steve Bruce last year during an impressive spell with Sheffield Wednesday. Is that any guarantee of him being a regular under the new regime? Of course not, but at the very least you would expect him to have done enough to convince his new boss that he deserves a shot as a squad option. Last season, during his spell in the second tier, Aarons averaged 2.3 successful dribbles per 90 minutes, as well as 1.5 shots and one key pass per 90 too, as per Whoscored. If that’s not enough to convince Bruce that he deserves his chance as a covering alternative then you have to wonder what else Aarons could really do. If he does leave you would expect him to make a success of anywhere he ends up, and you just hope that the decision, should it go ahead, doesn’t come back to haunt the Toon Army.

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