EMMANUEL RIVIERE and Remy Cabella both scored their first goals in Newcastle United colours as the Magpies rounded off their whistle-stop trip to Germany with a 3-1 win over Schalke.
Twenty-four hours after suffering a deserved 3-1 defeat to Malaga, Alan Pardew’s side got their pre-season campaign back on track with a comfortable victory at Gelsenkirchen’s Veltins Arena.
Cabella, a £7m summer signing from Montpellier, looked sharp as he made his second appearance of the weekend, but the star of the show was teenage winger Rolando Aarons, who has thrust himself into first-team contention with a string of eye-catching displays during the pre-season programme.
Aarons, a Jamaica-born 18-year-old who signed his first professional contract in April, scored one goal and set up another as a Newcastle side that also featured weekend signing Facundo Ferrerya recorded a convincing win.
Having kicked off in a 4-4-2 formation that saw Riviere partner Yoan Gouffran in attack and Moussa Sissoko play alongside Jack Colback at the heart of midfield, the Magpies were the dominant side in the opening stages.
They claimed the lead in the 18th minute as Aarons whipped over a left-wing cross that enabled Riviere, a summer signing from Monaco, to steal ahead of his marker and glance home a powerful header.
Aarons added a goal of his own at the start of the second half, although there was an element of fortune about the cross-cum-shot that looped over Schalke goalkeeper Ralf Fahrmann to find the far corner of the net.
Cabella made it 3-0 after a mix-up in the Schalke defence afforded him a clear run on goal, with the Frenchman displaying impressive composure to slot a clinical side-footed finish past Fahrmann.
The German hosts pulled a goal back in the closing seconds, with Donis Avdijaj heading home from the edge of the six-yard box, but the strike did not detract from a Newcastle display that was a marked improvement from Saturday’s below-par effort against Malaga.
The game was also notable for the 57th-minute appearance of Argentinian striker Ferrerya, whose season-long loan from Shakhtar Donetsk was officially confirmed yesterday morning.
Newcastle have paid a loan fee of around £1.6m to secure Ferrerya’s services for next season, and are also understood to have agreed a price of around £6m should they wish to turn the temporary deal into a permanent one next summer.
“Facundo is someone we know on a number of levels, including his friendship with Fabricio (Coloccini), and we think he could be a big success here at Newcastle,” said Pardew.
“This is a player who has played at the top level, and is highly regarded in Argentina. He has tremendous potential and hopefully he can realise that here at Newcastle United.”
Siem de Jong was not involved in either of this weekend’s games in Germany, but while he is unlikely to feature at Huddersfield tomorrow, the Dutchman should be available for Sunday’s final pre-season friendly with Real Sociedad.
NEWCASTLE (4-4-2): Krul (Elliot 46); Anita (Vuckic 73), Williamson (Streete 73), Coloccini (Yanga-Mbiwa 46), Dummett (Perez 79); Obertan (Campbell 73), Sissoko (Abeid 46), Colback (Satka 46), Aarons (Armstrong 68); Riviere (Ferrerya 57), Gouffran (Cabella 57)