Rafa Benitez has started Isaac Hayden in one of the central holding positions in all three game this season, but whether he will start on Saturday at Bristol City after only three days rest is unlikely.
But it seems that Rafa has seen the vast potential of the 21 year-old former Arsenal youngster and Isaac certainly is already a top technical player who makes things look easy on the pitch because of his innate skill.
Isaac Hayden after scoring last night
He scored a good goal last night to put Newcastle ahead after 20 minutes and it was well taken with the youngster simply ecstatic after he had put Newcastle ahead with his first goal for the club in a competitive match.
This is what the England U21 International said about his goal immediately after the game on the Newcastle web-site:
“I was over the moon. I always try to contribute to the team as much as possible, in whatever capacity that is, whether that’s defensively or attacking,”
“As a center midfield player, I said before the season started that I want to add more goals to my game. “
“Hopefully I helped the team tonight – the most important thing was to get the 3 points, and I think that I helped the team on the way to that.”
“It is something that I think I’ve got the capability of doing. Obviously it depends on what the manager wants from me in terms of what position I play, whether it’s a deeper one or whether it’s more box-to-box.”
“For me, all I want to do is learn from the manager and do exactly what he wants me to do and help the team in whichever way possible.”
“If I score more goals, I score more goals; if I make more blocks, I make more blocks – it’s the same thing for me.”
“It’s just important that we got the 3 points tonight and kick-start our season after the two defeats.”
“Every game I try my best, and I always give 110%. I don’t want to have any regrets any time I come off the football field, and I think on Saturday, everyone was bitterly disappointed with the result.”
“Especially in the Championship, things turn around quickly, and tonight was another opportunity and we took that.”
“It was a bit of a relief, but it was a good performance tonight – much better than Saturday. We needed a reaction after Saturday’s performance, and we got that tonight. “
“We scored a few good goals and defensively we were quite tight, so it was a pleasing evening.” “Any time you win a game you’re always happy, and it’s about getting that feeling every week now.”
“We’ve got a good result tonight, and it’s something to build on. Hopefully we can push on now and get more points.”
“I think the main thing with the Championship is consistency, from what I found last year,” “It’s getting 3 points after 3 points, because it can make the difference at the end of the season.”
“Getting wins are the most important thing, so this could be the catalyst for a nice run.”
“But we’re not getting ahead of ourselves – it’s one game, it’s 3 points, and we’ve got another game on Saturday.”
“It’s about recovering now, and focusing our thoughts onto Bristol City.”
This lad has a great attitude – that’s one thing that shines through whenever he gives an interview – he just wants to improve as a footballer and he’s with the right manager to do exactly that.
Issac also scored at Doncaster in the 2-2 draw in pre-season and he got some good experience in the Championship with Hull City last season and helped them get promoted.
With Rafa’s guidance Isaac Hayden can very quickly become a top player at Newcastle.
We hope that happens.