One of our best players in this preseason seems to be new boy 21 year-old holding midfielder Isaac Hayden, who was brought in from Arsenal for a low £2.5M.
Issac immediately impressed in his early interviews as someone who had no doubt he wanted to come to Tyneside and that he wanted to play for what he considered one of the best managers in the world in Rafa Benitez.
So off the field Isaac got off to a good start at Newcastle and he came across as a really smashing young lad.
21 year-old Issac Hayden in training
But it’s on the field where he’s also been very impressive and Isaac seems to have already been learning from Rafa Benitez.
This lad is already a good technical player, who can play the simple game and to institutions from the boss.
Isaac has played well in pre-season and last night he was again impressive for 63 minutes before being replaced by local lad Jack Colback.
Hayden fits the profile of players Rafa wants to bring to Newcastle – young players who are good technically, want to come to Newcastle and are hungry and ambitious to become much better players.
From what we can tell Isaac Hayden is already benefiting from the coaching and tactical nuance of Rafa Benitez and certainly his application, temperament and character seem to be first class.
Hayden can play at center-back and at right back and he may be used in those positions at some point in the season but Rafa said he had signed him as a holding midfielder and that’s where Isaac has played in pre-season.
The initial signs are that we have a terrific buy in young Isaac – he’s exactly the type of player we want at Newcastle.
He’s young, good, ambitious, positive and wants to be on Tyneside and help Newcastle to get straight back to the Premier League.
What could be better?
We hope Issac improves as the season goes on and we could well have a big star in our midst.