New signing Isaac Hayden had a decent season last term on loan at Hull City and he helped them to get promoted – and since he joined Newcastle yesterday he has talked about last season being a very good season for him.
It was a good experience for Geordie manager Steve Bruce too, getting Hull promoted at the first attempt after they were relegated from the Premier League in May of 2015.
Isaac Hayden while on loan at Hull City
But Steve wasn’t able to sign Isaac on a permanent deal, which he initially wanted to do last January.
The Hull manager was again after the 21 year-old holding midfielder this summer, but Newcastle and Rafa Benitez beat the Yorkshire club to the player’s signature.
Isaac has said since he joined the Magpies that Rafa went down to London in mid-June and talk to the youngster for a full two hours.
After that – when they talked about Isaac’s strengths and weaknesses and about football tactics – Isaac said he knew he only wanted to play for Rafa Benitez – and Newcastle.
This is what Steve Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail on January 18th of this year, after Hull had just hammered Charlton 6-0 at home and Isaac had scored his very first senior goal of his career:
“I’ve already been onto Arsenal because I’d love to make it permanent if I could,”
“I’d make it permanent tomorrow if that was possible. I desperately want to hang on to him.”
“In an ideal world he’d want to be playing every week but he’s started last weekend.
“He’s a very good young player, who’s progressing all the time.”
“He’s got his goal and he did very well. He’s energetic and full of beans and he’ll remember his first goal.”
“I wanted to freshen us up in midfield and he was one who took his chance well. It was very good to see.
Rafa has so far signed five good players in about 12 days and we are hoping that next one through the door will be Blackburn’s Grant Hanley within the next day or two.