There’s not a lot your average man can accomplish in 39 minutes, but there’s nothing ordinary about Newcastle prodigy Rolando Aarons.
The Jamaican-born midfielder has required less than one half of Premier League football to impress observing parties from Manchester City and Liverpool, while Schalke are also thought to be burning a candle for the 18-year-old.
His short stints on the pitch have yielded a goal and a would-be assist, contributing to the Magpies’ quest to justify odds of 7/5 to finish in the top half of the table this term.
But aside from the stats, what else in Aarons’ game has caught the big guns’ eye?
In addition to his birthplace, the 18-year-old holds plenty of similarities with Reds’ young gun Raheem Sterling.
Both are jet-heeled wingers with fantastic left feet and stellar dribbling prowess.
Another parallel that can be drawn between the former Bristol City junior and his fellow Kingstonian is the fearlessness that is evident when he’s in possession.
Having ability only counts for so much when separating the superstars from the also-rans.
Every player who runs the gauntlet to wind up in a Premier League club’s first-team unquestionably has talent, but the nerve to showcase these skills when surrounded by senior pros is not a characteristic evident in everyone.
Playing for Liverpool and England is yet to perturb Sterling and the early indicators insinuate Aarons’ is cut from the same rare cloth.
A willingness to demand the ball and maturity in deciding how best to use it were both displayed in the Toon’s 3-3 draw with Crystal Palace, where his sumptuously curled effort that rebounded off the bar and enabled Mike Williamson to score also portrayed the self-assured nature required to succeed.
One tool in Aarons’ box that thus far has not been seen in Sterling’s though is aerial astuteness.
His slight frame isn’t going to lead to him barging centre-backs out of the way to nod home, but his strike against Palace – a fast-reaction header at the back post – proves he can threaten with his loaf.