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New Signing – It’s An Honor To Play For Newcastle Fans

6:57 am, Saturday, July 23rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 71 Comments

If the Newcastle players didn’t know it before Wednesday night then they know now that Rafa Benitez demands full commitment in every single game that Newcastle play – be it a friendly or league game or cup game.

And that first half performance at Doncaster Rovers was a little alarming, since our defense looked as porous as it’s been over the last few seasons.

But the second half was so much better and we created a lot of chances and a goal from new boy Isaac Hayden put us on the road to a 2-2 draw, with Ayoze scoring in the 90th minute.

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Issac Hayden scoring against Doncaster Rovers

Issac has looked a very good technical player since he joined us from Arsenal for a low fee of £2.5M.

He is efficient on the ball and it looks like he could become an excellent acquisition for us – certainly his temperament and attitude are first class.

Hayden has been interviewed in the Chronicle today and this is what he has said about the Doncaster game:

“It is another game, another preseason match.” “It is a good test as it is foreign opposition so it adds to your squad game.”

“We will learn from that and take it forward. We certainly learned a lot at Doncaster.” “It is very physical in the Football League and it will be hard on the body.”

“I think that there were lessons to be learned in the first half at Doncaster though.” “We learned them and the second half put them right, we went forward and came back to draw.”

“In the Championship there are going to be times when you get players sent off, injuries or be a goal down from a set-piece.”

“As a footballer you have to get used to that and learn from it.”

“There were a few tackles flying in, and that’s what you want in a friendly.” “For me I don’t think there’s such a thing as a friendly.”

“I just take it as a game.” “If there’s a tackle to be won, there’s a tackle to be won.” “In the second half we powered on and fought back to get the draw.”

“It’s always good to get a goal and it is something I can hopefully add to my game.”

“Hopefully I can progress this season and get a few more. It was mainly to learn from the first half and to try to put it right in the second half.”

“I tell you what that (the large Newcastle fan contingent at the game) was fantastic – especially for an away friendly.”

“Just playing in front of them is an honor.” “To score as well is even better. I just can’t wait to play at St James’ Park.”

Hayden will become a very popular players on Tyneside very quickly both for his ability and his attitude.

The 21 year-old has had two good games for Newcastle so far and he could even nail down a starting place as one of the two holding midfielders at Fulham.

Manager Rafa Benitez is already thinking about what his starting  eleven could be for our first league game in 13 days time at Craven Cottage – a game that is already a sell-out.

And Isaac certainly appreciates the support he and the Newcastle team will get from our fans.

This is hopefully a new dawn for Newcastle United under Rafa Benitez.

That’s the real hope of Newcastle fans this season.

Howay The Lads!!

Tags: Championship · Coaching · Friendlies · Isaac Hayden · Newcastle News · Pre-season

71 responses so far ↓

  • 1 geordie157 // Jul 23, 2016 at 7:18 AM

    Hayden talks pretty well from what I’ve heard, similar to Lascelles.

    I think the only players that will leave now before the window shuts are Sissoko, Vuckic, Ameobi and Bigi, possibly Good if anyone wants him

  • 2 ROSHAN MAGPIE // Jul 23, 2016 at 7:27 AM

    I’m sure janmaat will leave

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Jul 23, 2016 at 7:38 AM

    Ron Knee,
    Isn’t ironic that those who done their best to relegate us are classed as our biggest stars. Funny old game.

  • 4 sing in the corner // Jul 23, 2016 at 7:54 AM

    Talk is cheap of course but it’s refreshing to see us making some apparently well thought out signings, bringing in guys with character, who know their job,seem committed, and willing to work hard. I am pleased to see us signing some British players too. Not xenophobic at all, i just think it helps a British team. We will see a tighter, better bonded dressing room this season.

  • 5 sing in the corner // Jul 23, 2016 at 7:59 AM

    And without doubt a functioning captain this time…

  • 6 expatmag // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:11 AM


    It is like the old days almost where top level clubs recruit players from their own youth system or lower divisions.

    I remember one year when I watched the likes of Cannell, Kennedy Nattrass McCaffrey all in the team together with very shrewd signings like Cassidy Barrowclough Burns Howard etc ftom lower fivision clubs.

    Feels a bit like we are getting back there now with Rafa signing good young hungry players and promoting the likes of Sterry Woodnan Aarons Armstrong etc.

  • 7 SUTTY1978 // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:13 AM


    The big stars that everyone now seems to want rid of were our best players. Wijnaldum scored goals, Sissoko has created more chances than anyone in the team since he’s been here. You seem to be suggesting we are better off keeping the dross like Gouffran, Rivvy, Colback etc. Because they work hard. Working hard doesn’t win you anything if you haven’t got talent. We are now seriously lacking in creativity and goals yet people seem to be chuffed because Rafa must have a great plan and some great players must be on the way. Well we are two weeks away from the start of the season and were dismantling the best parts of the team.

  • 8 Jib // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:20 AM

    Andre Buffard one of the lawyers who run Mondial Sport , Sissoko’s agency said on French tv (Canal+) – Everton , Juventus and Real Madrid are not frightened by NUFC’s £35 million price tag.
    However Arsenal are balking at it , and as Moussa’s club of choice is the Gooners the Toon should consider dropping their price so he can go to his favourite PL club as a reward for his loyalty.
    WHAT ?
    EH !!!!!!

  • 9 The overrated Frenchman // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:29 AM

    Wow. That’s taking brass neck into the realm of an art-form.

  • 10 expatmag // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:31 AM


    I would expect NUFC would gIve him a 2 worded reply ending in OFF

  • 11 sing in the corner // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:32 AM


    Rafa can make a team, a blend and get them performing at their maximum. That’s the skill of management in a nutshell. The team will have skill but also character, and that is more important than filling the team with disfunctional individuals who decide when and where they’re gonna put it in or not. Meaning Wij, Sissoko, and to an extent
    Janmaat (although I think he can be corrected)
    And absolutely don’t want to keep gouff or Rivi for long.mI would like to see young uns come through to replace the likes of them before too long

  • 12 Jib // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:34 AM

    Until Rafa was appointed and really since SBR was pushed out the door every manager of NUFC has had his selections tactics and strategy affected by fear for his job.
    I hold my hands up and admit I wrongly thought that McClaren was a good choice.
    Even he who surely was under no financial pressure didn’t have the cojones to say “I’ll do it my way”
    Now we are seeing the young’uns being given a chance and players bought for their potential increase in playing skills and contribution to the bigger picture not increase in market value.

  • 13 Jail for Ashley // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:37 AM

    Our ‘best’ players were so disinterested that I actually thought they had relegation clauses in their contracts and therefore were trying their hardest to send us down, pointing out Sissokos two goals and five assists hardly paints a rosy picture of him. We’re hardly dismantling the team either, that little matter of relegation helped by our ‘best’ players has a large part in that, is a sulking Sissoko worth having in the dressing room. Why did Wijnaldum literally throw the towel in against Soton, because he doesn’t give a fcuk about us. Good riddance!

  • 14 expatmag // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:38 AM


    You must be joking….surely.

    Wijnaldum scored 6 of his 11 goals in 2 games agai st inferior opposition (at the time) and Sissoko assisted in 6 goals all season….4 OF WHICH WERE IN ONE GAME AGAINST NORWICH.

    Take away their 4 goals and 4 assists in that ONE game and their individual season contributions were a disgrace.

    Townsend made more valuable contributions in half the time BUT was on his bike at the first opportunity to a small club. I doubt we will see much of him in the future having chosen an insignificant club to join.

  • 15 sing in the corner // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:38 AM

    ‘Big stars’ like Sissoko and Wij did relatively sweet FA for us last season. Sissoko turned it on for France in a one man advertising scam. Wij would have done so too, no doubt, had his team not spectacularly failed to qualify, due to Holland being mostly made up of, funnily enough, a random bunch of self serving individuals (sounds familiar)

  • 16 sing in the corner // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:43 AM

    For me unless Thauvin majorly pulls his finger out he can do one n’all. Don’t really think he has shown the required character for the championship in the limited glimpses we have had.

  • 17 expatmag // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:44 AM


    I think Leicester have done so much last season for the benefit of football and the underdog in particular. I noticed the special one got a thumping last night in china and is already rolling out tbe excuses. Give ne Rafa anyday to that over rated tosspot.

    Looking at the continual coaching and direction Rafa gives to his players on the touchline and the virtual 100% feedback from players past and preesent regarding the standard of coaching is evidence slone that young hungry talenred players rather than prima donnas will improve under hus management.

  • 18 expatmag // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:48 AM


    Not yet but unlike with McLaren, he shoukd be given an opportunity under a eeal coach to see if he will benefit the team.

    I personaly think he has the talent but has he got the fighting spirit and determination?

    Wish we had a younger vrrsion of Jonas to be honest

  • 19 sing in the corner // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:50 AM

    Aye, but he has to deliver now or its au revoir petit Bono

  • 20 Jail for Ashley // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:53 AM

    You backed Mclaren for one reason and one reason only and that was because the vast majority of the Ashley Out rabble/mob/crew didn’t want such an unambitious washed out Championship manager running our club under the ridiculous policies of the man you refer to as Mike Wallace Ashley.

  • 21 expatmag // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:55 AM


    Agreed. One thing is for sure. We need wingers and attacking central midfielders. He has the abilty and versstility to fill both roles.

    Has he the heart though??????

  • 22 expatmag // Jul 23, 2016 at 8:56 AM


    Is it necessary?

  • 23 Jib // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:00 AM

    Jail @ 20
    Oh OK

    Who am I to argue you clearly know stuff !

    Any chance of the winning Euromillions numbers for tonight ?

  • 24 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    Sissoko, Windjammer didn’t play up to their potential/expectations…
    Who did – sadly very few if any.

    Only Elliot who was my man of the season, Anita were the only player who could hold their heads up…
    along with Datlow and Lascalles when he cam in late in the season.

    The rest were dross along with a manager who lost the plot before Christmas.

    To be honest I wanted him replaced after the shambolic display against a Sheffield Wednesday second eleven .

    Maybe Maybe Maybe delaying the sacking of McClown late on could be a blessing in disguise as we would of most likely taken on another second rate manager and not RAFA

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:02 AM

    I’m glad you’ve finally realised that.

  • 26 SPRINGY // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:04 AM

    morning all
    after reading that gini statement to nufc fans last night,he was probably always going to move on whether we were relegated or not.
    he talks about us being a great club and fans yet wants to leave.
    he talks about rafa being a great manager,but leaves.
    talks about the pain of relegation but does’nt want to at least correct what he partly caused.
    then at the end of his statement adds we will be back in premiership#newcastle championship champions and still leaves.
    its all flanel really,theres not much commitment in football,but if the club,fans,manager are so good and we are to be promoted so quick, why leave?
    he didnt want be here once there was interest from elsewhere, and never really committed to the club,we were a stepping stone for gini and would probably of left even if we were in premier.
    so good luck and goodbye.
    so we start a fresh with players that want to be here and build from there,they may not be good enough for the premier league,in fact,they were’nt…but we have to start somewhere.
    1)a good manager given control to build from the ground up.
    2)new training facilities and coaching.
    3)committed players.
    thats the very least we should have.

  • 27 Jib // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:06 AM

    Shit it’s Saturday !

  • 28 expatmag // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:07 AM


    I was over from Oz for the first tome on 5 years and went to the Watford and Sheffield Wednesday and it was soooooooo embarrassing tnat my best nate said he had tickets for tje Chelsea game and I told him to take his son instead.

  • 29 Jib // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:08 AM

    With Wijnaldum I feel a bit of deja vu.
    His scenario is very reminiscent of Didi Hamman

  • 30 expatmag // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:10 AM


    And I tbink Raga will have us targeting those key areas but remember…….ROME WASNT BUILT IN A DAY.

  • 31 Charlie in the Gallowgate // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:18 AM


    It was an embarrassing 4 days of last season – two shambolic we don’t give a Sh*t displays and a manager who didn’t have a clue on how to change it

  • 32 SPRINGY // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:21 AM

    aye i know that mate,but trying to keep players that dont want to be here is a waste of energy and possibly more detrimental to the squad,only really pissed off about townsend leaving, out the names being banded about,gini may well go on to be good for liverpool and sissoko for whoever or they could end up warming the bench after 6 mth if they have the same attitude they had for us.

  • 33 Ron Knee // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:27 AM

    Yes indeed.

  • 34 expatmag // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:29 AM


    It was so disappointing having not seen them live since the Boxing Day home defeat by Man City (1-3) in 2010., I was so annoyed

  • 35 SPRINGY // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:31 AM

    could’nt of picked 2 worse games….well maybe anyways,it was a shocking season under mcwally.

  • 36 Spoof // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    I’m not sure that Rafa will allow Sissoko to move, both he and Wijnaldum are at their best when played in the middle but when we had both one had to be moved from the middle, usually it was Sissoko who was moved to the right but that was not the case with Rafa as Sissoko was in the middle and he did play very well, it was obvious to me that Sissoko was Rafa’s favourite out of the two of them which is why Wijnaldum was either moved to the left or dropped whilst Sissoko was our captain whilst in the middle, with Gini now gone it wouldn’t surprise me to see Sissoko forced to stay and play through the middle, now that I have said that the chances are he will be sold today, sod’s law !

  • 37 Mr Funk // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:51 AM

    So, in my opinion we still need a LB, wingers and a AMC.

    LB options could be – Robertson, Taylor or Henry

    Wingers / AMC – Che Adams, Alex Pritchard

    Any other suggestions.

    Also I guess the most likely players to leave are Sissoko, Thauvin, Tiote and Janmaat.

    I don’t think we will be able to move on Gouffran or Riviere.

  • 38 Spoof // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:53 AM

    Mr Funk

    I mentioned this yesterday and the two who I would like to see us sign would be Danny Ings and Victor Moses.

  • 39 Slank // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:55 AM


    I just hope Rafa knows what he is doing by selling our top goal scorer and (looking increasingly likely) Sissoko who provided the most assists.

    If we get promoted he will be judged as being a very shrewd manager and will have vindicated, to some extent, the policy of buying low and selling high.

    If we don’t get promoted he will be out the door leaving behind a worse team than what he inherited.

  • 40 Ron Knee // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    “Another player who might raise the eyebrows is being looked at and Benitez will know that recruitment that might shock and awe would give Newcastle a final nudge and reinforce the idea that they are a force to be feared in the second tier.” (Mark Douglas)

    Who could it be?

  • 41 Veltmann // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:58 AM

    Funk – I heard Pritchard is like Guthrie.Become good in one game then invisible in the next.
    Other than that,you made a good shout.

  • 42 Mr Funk // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    @ Spoof

    Is Ings with the Liverpool squad in the USA?

    Not too sure about Moses – seems to drift from loan club to loan club without doing much.

    Any choice for LB?

  • 43 Ron Knee // Jul 23, 2016 at 9:59 AM

    So it’s Moyes for SAFC.

  • 44 Mr Funk // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:00 AM

    @ Veltman

    I think Pritchard is worth a try – he had a good season in the championship with Brentford

  • 45 expatmag // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:11 AM


    I know mate. The thought of seeing 3 games in a week was one of the reasons I chose to come over that time.

    I also managed to catch up with me old mate, Mr. TUFF at his place although I am still waiting for the cup of tea and stotty cake sandwich promised ……lol

  • 46 expatmag // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:14 AM

    Has anyone actually seen Pritchard play and if do, is hhe £8m fee justified?

  • 47 jazzyp // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:18 AM

    Moyes appointed the new manager of the Unwashed eh. Hopefully we’ll pass him on the way back in to the Pl next season

  • 48 Veltmann // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:19 AM

    Funk – Ya,worth a try.Couldn’t think of better options myself.

  • 49 Mister Tuff // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:21 AM

    Chronicle are still promoting the idea that transfers are not finished yet – I agree with them totally. A few on here disagree.
    Striker and attacking midfielder is a very good shout.

    Expat – aye the stotty sarni. Best bread ever for making a sandwich.

  • 50 Mister Tuff // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:23 AM

    Victor Moses – please no – never reaches his possible potential.

  • 51 carl // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:26 AM

    He came on as a second half sub for WBA against us. He was as anonymous as the rest of the side.

  • 52 Jib // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:27 AM

    Ron Knee @ 40
    Moussa Sissoko + 40 million for Gareth Bale !

  • 53 davis_toons // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:28 AM

    @14 Wijnaldum is a good player.

    If we have got a good manager from the start. We wont be in this state. Players will be more interested.

    We wont be spending millions getting in those January Hollywood Super Star Players and make them Captain ..that cost us so much to be keep on the bench.

    Wasnt they suppose to help us fight relegation? How often did they play? What did they offered us?

    Wijnaldum was played all over the park. His role was all over the park.

    If he wasn’t interested he could have easily fake an injury.
    Glad that he went Liverpool with a good manager.

    And thanks for the Money Generated.

    In Rafa I Trust

    If Jonjo shelvey is going to continue with his shit, Rafa will soon dump him. Rafa is using him for friendly to test him out again.

    Jonjo Shelvey for foot.

  • 54 Ron Knee // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:32 AM

    Jeff, “If you can dream it, you can do it!” or some such rubbish.

  • 55 JamesToon // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:36 AM

    Looks like it’s the old Rafa v Moyes rivalry now in the north east

  • 56 Jib // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:38 AM

    I actually thought Shelvey lookd OK in the second half at the Keepmoat until Wijnaldum came on for him after 80 minutes (what was that all about ?)

  • 57 Spoof // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:39 AM

    Mr Funk

    I think Moses needs to settle somewhere, as you say he has is like a journeyman but get him here so he can see what future lies ahead of him and allow him to settle and I think he could be a really good signing, as for LB, in all honesty that is a position which does not alarm me, Dummett for some reason is not appreciated as much as he should be, he is a good solid dependable defender, yes he as with so many of our players has had injury problems but with the new facilities I expect our general injury record to improve, so with him as our first choice with Mbabu (mostly right back but good on either side) Haidara and Sterry, even without Janmaat who may go I am still happy enough with what we have, I hate playing players out of position but at times it has to happen and on that score we have Anita and Colback who are well capable of filling in, so unlike most I don’t think we need a LB. Another winger for me is what I feel is needed most as we only have Aarons and Ritchie, possibly Thauvin if he does stay, even with Thauvin we are still a bit short of cover and options, which is why I would like to see us go for Moses.

  • 58 ShirebrookToon // Jul 23, 2016 at 10:49 AM

    Hayden sounds like a kid who’s head is screwed on. Just like lascelles he talks sense. Another contender for captain in the future imo

  • 59 lochinvar // Jul 23, 2016 at 11:13 AM

    Have we bid for this Che Adams kid from Sheffield ?
    Apparently Birmingham City had a bid of £1.2m turned down and Coventry also interested maybe because Arma won’t be with them ?
    Is he on our radar ?

  • 60 cyprus // Jul 23, 2016 at 11:15 AM

    Fans forum.. will Rafa stand for such cxxp?

    On players. We are still not at a ‘cruise the championship’ level. Star signing needed. Somebody in the mold of Long. Someone who’ll obviously make a difference.

  • 61 Pigott93 // Jul 23, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    Anyone else feel that Hayden reminds them of a delli alli type player, definitely if he adds goals to his game anyway. Have a feeling he can be a real hit and will only get better. Nothing better in a young player than good temperament

  • 62 cyprus // Jul 23, 2016 at 11:18 AM

    What does ‘looked ok’ mean? No pointing? No silly passes to no one? No falling over for no reason?

    Or did he actually play well, bless his soul 🙂

  • 63 Mr Funk // Jul 23, 2016 at 11:39 AM

    @ Spoof,

    Good points about Moses – I still feel he is one of those footballers like Remy and Ba, who got their big contract and consequently their effort to do any thing more has gone.
    Still think we could do with a proper left back – i think people have said that Dummett prefers a CB role

  • 64 kilcline // Jul 23, 2016 at 11:44 AM

    I watched Pritchard a few times when he was at Swindon, very lightweight, good player but will not cut in the prem and that’s what we need to be thinking about now…

    Left back – Targett or Henry
    Centre mid – Hughes
    Attacking mid – Adams
    Winger – Moses is a threat when he plays he just needs to be loved
    Striker – bid £15m for Gray at Burnley

    We would go up with a young and hungry squad good enough to build upon.

  • 65 bettyswallocks // Jul 23, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Jib……. I think Shelvey will come good if he’s given a more forward role . I’m sure he could play as a number ten as he can score from outside the box and link up with the striker. He seems to want to play more forward and was promised an attacking role by the wayyy with the broyyy.

  • 66 Bobbybee // Jul 23, 2016 at 11:57 AM

    Last season was a disaster. Defenders failed to defend and attackers couldn’t hit a barn door, whilst the midfield was too busy selling themselves to join the two up.
    We knew who would go for sure and who might follow them out the door. Rafa knew this too. He still took the job on. He warned us we couldn’t replace like for like because we’re in the Championship, therefore he would look for players he thought he could improve with better coaching, which included those already in the squad. Plenty of time for him to bring in who he wants still. Certainly no need to panic. He didn’t take the job to fail. We’ll be ready by August 5th.

  • 67 davis_toons // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:01 PM

    Alan Smith, remember this guy who took all the hardwork and all. Although, no real talent to talk about but he gives alot to the better skilled team members. In terms of this motivation and fire.

    Not been biggest of all, he works hard, put in all the nasty tacker. Works hard for his shirt he and is entitle to his higher pay.

    Higher pay comes with higher responsibilities…
    Shelvey needs more work in progress.

    Making him Captain not only unrest the Team and only SteveMC will do that. Its a very poor decision.

    We just couldnt for once employ a good manager only now.

    If we get in a good manager after Chris Hughton we should be flying now.

  • 68 davis_toons // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:05 PM

    Well said, Bobby. I have faith as well.

    This is the kind of manager that we should give 10 games to start with.

  • 69 bettyswallocks // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:14 PM

    We just need a left back and a bit of sparkle in midfield and we should have a competetive team. I imagine Rafa will bring in some cover for other positions as well in case of injuries or suspensions.

  • 70 Jack Root // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:15 PM

    Having seen a newspaper headline stating Big Sam will be a good fit for a downgraded role, I was just thinking how right you’re. Benitez is a great fit for an upgraded role. We the fans are the big winners and I am really looking forward to the Fulham game. Bring it on!

  • 71 toontaff2 // Jul 23, 2016 at 12:23 PM

    Great to see GOLLUM in charge at the stadium of shyte!

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