Newcastle fans have got a long season ahead of them, as things stand, after four games and as they head into the international break Steve Bruce has them in 14th, and it could be a lot worse after the Magpies lost their two opening games against Arsenal and Norwich.
The Geordies have got a lot to do to ensure they’re still a Premier League team in the 2020/21 season, but for now, it looks like Bruce has got them on the right tracks. One place where he could have done slightly better, though, as with the transfer deadline day 2 yesterday.
The St. James’ Park faithful waved goodbye to Achraf Lazaar (NUFC.co.uk) and Rolando Aarons (BBC) on loans, but in the case of 23-year-old Aarons, a loan deal makes little sense. The English winger is going to be plying his trade with League One Wycombe Wanderers, and whilst it gives him a chance to face Sunderland, it’s not a smart move.
The winger spent the second half of last season with Sheffield Wednesday, and now this time out he’s dropped down even further than the Championship. It’s the 23-year-old’s fourth loan during his time at Newcastle too, although his first two temporary spells away were even more bizarre as he turned out for Hellas Verona and Sloven Liberec, Transfermarkt.
The homegrown Newcastle man has failed to be included in a Newcastle matchday squad during the first five games of the season that the club played out in the Premier League and Carabao Cup, and with his career stalling it seems strange that the club wouldn’t look to offload the wide-man over the summer.
Wycombe only have the winger until January, and at the end of his temporary spell with the Chairboys, they may opt to take him on permanently, but for it seems extremely strange that Steve Bruce and those at Newcastle wouldn’t have looked to offload him permanently this summer.