We had reported on Wednesday that Isaac Hayden is one player who seems to have improved considerably under Rafa Benitez in the very short time he’s been on Tyneside; the 21 year-old has been turning in some very good displays in friendlies in pre-season.
Today he has come out and said he’s learned an awful lot from Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez in the short time he’s been at the club – and that he is willing to play anywhere for the very talented new Newcastle gaffer.
Isaac Hayden seen training with Dwight Gayle
To be more precise Isaac has admitted he has “already learned a hell of a lot in the two weeks I’ve been here.”
This is how Isaac responded when asked what it was like to work with Benitez:
“It’s brilliant – he’s very hands on and he loves to coach a lot,” “I’ve already learned a hell of a lot in the two weeks I’ve been here.”
“For me it’s just about learning even more and trying to help the team as much as I can.”
“Central-midfield’s where I see myself playing, but as I’ve said before I’m a versatile player: I can play full-back, I can play center-back, I can play center-midfield.
“So for me, whatever role the manager sees me in is the role I will do; if I have to do a job at center-back, or if I have to play right-back, I’ll play anywhere.”
“I want to help the club and I want to progress myself and my career.”
“But the main thing for me is that this club needs to be in the Premier League next season so, if I can help the team in any way, I will.”
This is what we want to see at Newcastle – that a good young player comes in and once Rafa Benitez starts to coach him he improves his play a lot and becomes a better player – and quickly too.
Rafa is without doubt a world-class manager and as Isaac Hayden says – he just loves to coach the players.
The 21-year-old moved to Newcastle from Arsenal a few weeks back for a low £2.5M transfer fee and it looks like Rafa wants to use him in one of the holding midfield positions this season.
Isaac said when he came to Newcastle that a motivating factor was to work under Benitez and that he had a two hour meeting with Rafa in London before arriving at Newcastle.
Hayden said Rafa talked all about football during that meeting and told Isaac what his strong points were and also areas where he could improve his game.
It seems Isaac was fascinated with Rafa’s complete knowledge of the game and decided to join Newcastle during that meeting.
We are hoping the manager will be able to attract more good players before the summer transfer window closes at the end of next month.
Certainly Isaac Hayden is looking like he could become a stellar buy for Newcastle in the coming season.
And when will Rafa have his first radio call-in show at Newcastle – maybe we can all learn more about football from the manager?
What do you think?