Rolando Aarons has admitted he almost joined Leeds United before signing his first contract at Newcastle United.
The Wycombe Wanderers loanee wanted to play in the Premier League and therefore decided to move to St James’ Park over the Championship club.
Aarons shared that he was offered a professional deal by Leeds in 2012, and was close to signing that before the Magpies offered him less security with a scholarship.
“I was very close to signing for Leeds,” he told the Athletic.
“I remember thinking, ‘Newcastle have offered a scholarship, whereas Leeds have offered a professional deal, which gives me security. But I actually want to be a Premier League player’,”
The 24-year-old has only made 18 appearances in the Premier League and has been shipped into League One this season after not being named in Steve Bruce’s 25-man squad.
The career of Aarons just continues to fall away as each season passes by in the North East. A new manager in Bruce would have given him hope that he could feature in the top flight this season, especially after he played under him at Sheffield Wednesday in the previous campaign. That didn’t happen, and the fact that no Championship clubs went to make a move for the winger, and he had to go into League One proves that he isn’t cut out for the Premier League anymore. Aarons has struggled to find a proper home where he can get consistent football, completing four loan spells in the past two years, and the move to Leeds, who were on the up in League One at the time could have been the better option. The winger could have earned consistent minutes at Elland Road, and worked his way to the top, rather than just stagnating at St James’ Park where he has proved he is not capable of earning a spot under Bruce.