Rolando Aarons is out for the rest of the season after rupturing his anterior cruciate ligament in training. At only 21 his career has been continually plagued by injuries and after his latest setback Aarons need’s support from fans not criticism.

Going back to a cold October night in Manchester, 2014. A youthful Newcastle side found themselves away against Manchester City in the League Cup trying to earn the club’s first win in 12 attempts at the Etihad Stadium.

 

Six minutes in, Aarons latched onto a loose ball on the right wing and burst into the box striking the ball through Willy Caballero’s legs, sending the 5000+ travelling Geordie’s into disbelief and delirium. You may recall the famous images of the travelling section performing the ‘Poznan’ in the crowd because that night United’s fans were on cloud nine daring to dream in an otherwise dreadful season. That game still is the best away game I’ve had the pleasure of attending.

However, since then, Aaron’s lightening pace and superb technical ability has only shone through in glimpses largely due to injury. But after the most recent news broke about his ACL damage, I witnessed a lot of negativity and abuse aimed towards him on social media which is totally unacceptable.

Nobody wants to be injured and “fans” who hurl abuse at any injured play, especially one of our own, clearly do not understand what these players are going through. Long-term injuries require not only physical but mental strength to allow the player to recover.

Nothing productive will come of complaining about it, Aarons needs to feel warmth and the people of Newcastle should rally around the youngster offering words of encouragement and support. I have full faith that he will come back a stronger player for it and hopefully, he’ll repay fans patience with his bundles of potential on the pitch.

The majority of fans already do, but support. Don’t Criticise.

Steven Railston

Featured Image Credit: Yellow Book Limited

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