If Rafa Benitez should ever need a letter of recommendation from one of his players he should look no further than 21 year-old Isaac Hayden, who has today given a stunning assessment of his new manager who he says is simply incredible.
And Isaac says he cannot believe just how much he has learned from the Newcastle manager in such a short time since he arrived on Tyneside.
Isaac of course spent some hours with Rafa before he signed and he was buzzing about that interview after he signed for Newcastle and now he seems in awe of his manager.
Isaac Hayden in action against Wolves
He shouldn’t feel too bad about that so are thousands and thousands of Newcastle fans.
This is what Hayden has said today about being at Newcastle:
“It’s a different ball game.”
“I worked with Arsene Wenger, but maybe because I wasn’t really treated as a first-team regular there.”
“It was a little bit different and I didn’t really open my eyes to certain things, whereas here I’m treated as a first-team squad member and I feel I’ve contributed.”
“I couldn’t have imagined learning this much so soon.” “It’s almost been startling. The experience and the knowledge that Rafa brings to the squad is second-to-none.”
“I think it’s just individual management,” “He’s so easy to talk to. “It’s so easy on the training pitch.” “He knows when to be serious or when not to be serious and have a laugh.”
“He engages really well with the lads and everyone takes on board what he says.”
“Some things he says, you sit there and think and say ‘oh, OK’, and it hits you afterwards what he’s said. It’s incredible.”
“The main thing is that we know exactly what we’re going to be doing on the pitch,”
“In the last few games, you can see everyone’s on the same wavelength. “It’s not about perfection, as you can never reach perfection, but he’s a perfectionist, and every little detail has to be correct.”
“That filters through to the players and the fans.”
“Here, the manager breeds a winning mentality and everyone wants to win every game and play every game. “Everyone’s on board with what the group and the staff want to do.”
“It shows out in training. Some players might get a chance, others might be rested. You just don’t know. Everyone’s on their toes.”
“The main thing for me is that everyone’s focused and doing the right things on the training pitch.”
Isaac has a very good chance of starting in the game tonight against Preston and a win would be our 6th in a row and take us through to the quarter finals of the EFL Cup.