Issac Hayden already looks like an excellent technical player since we signed him from Arsenal for a measly £2.5M in the summer, and he started the game at Fulham a week ago.
Issac looked comfortable in one of the holding midfield positions although another poor goal conceded from a set piece cost us that game and our first defeat of the season.
Isaac Hayden – an excellent acquisition for us
That was a bit of a shock but now we have four games at home of the five games we have to play in the next 15 days, so hopefully we can win quite a few games.
Isaac has given an interview in the local press today and he has talked about how Arsenal’s legendary manager Arsene Wenger played him at center-back a couple of years ago to improve his defensive skills.
This is what the 21 year-old has said:
“When I was growing up, aged about 18 or 19, the manager at Arsenal pushed me back to center-back so I could hone my defensive skills.”
“It wasn’t necessarily that he could see me there in the future, it was about working on my defensive skills as well as attacking skills.”
“At that moment in time, he thought it was best for me to play further back.”
““I’ve signed here for a long period of time, and if I can help the team, whatever position it is, I’ll do so.”
“Hopefully, that’s in my preferred position in central midfield.”
Isaac has played for all the England Youth sides from U-16 through U-20 and played a total of 18 times.
He is one of eight players Rafa Benitez has brought into the squad this summer as he has transformed Newcastle both on and off the pitch.
We are hoping for big things from Isaac this season and he could turn out to be a terrific signing for us.