Manchester City did not know what had hit them with England Under 20 international Rolando Aarons raced past their defence and slotted calmly past an indecisive Willy Caballero.
It was only the fifth minute of the Capital One Cup fourth round tie, but it was the start of a special performance from Newcastle United. They went onto win 2-0 after a similar goal from the more established Moussa Sissokho sealed the victory in the 75th minute.
But Aarons had already grabbed the headlines. The 18-year-old previously showed potential in his two Premier League games; one, coincidently, also against Manchester City and another against Crystal Palace. But this was another level of performance.
So who is this whizzkid from the Newcastle academy and can he be the one to turn Newcastle's season around?
Aarons was snapped up by Newcastle United after being released by his club Bristol City. With incredible pace and an eye for goal, Aarons' talent quickly saw him elevated from the Under-21 side to the first team.
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It was his incredible pre-season form that saw him promoted to the first team proper this season. A wonder goal against Schalke 04 in the aptly named Schalke 04 Cup saw him hit headlines for the first and also earned him a call up to the England Under-20 team.
One player in Newcastle United told Chronicle Live that Aarons returned from pre-season a different man.
The unnamed source said: “Honestly, I don’t know what he’s done over the summer but he is absolutely flying. He could be in for a season to remember you know.”
There is certainly room for a new hero at St James' Park. The fans seem disillusioned with both Mike Ashley and Alan Pardew while form on the pitch has been as inconsistent as ever.
They may have beaten Tottenham at White Hart Lane but they have also lost 4-0 to Southampton. A relegation scrap looked inevitable, not to mention a new manager, but now hope has arisen in Aarons.
The direct winger was insatiable against Manchester City, providing a constant threat the same way Theo Walcott did when he first appeared. While Pardew will be keen to use him sparingly, Aarons is likely to continue his run in the side in the Capital One Cup.
Inspiring them to a major trophy like the League Cup would be enough to carve his name into Tyneside history. With Tottenham Hotspur up next in the quarter-finals, Mauricio Pochettino will be fearful of a repeat performance from this hot prospect.
However, the better he gets, the more likely he is to attract the big clubs. He has already been linked with Liverpool this season and the performance last night would have further caught the attention of Brendan Rodgers.
If Pardew wants to make good on his claim that Newcastle United are a big club, he can start by convincing Aarons to sign a long-term contract.
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