Apart from hat-trick hero Dwight Gayle there were a number of other players who put in excellent performances for Newcastle yesterday at ho,me to Birmingham City.
It was good to see Mohamed Diame back in the form we know he is capable of and Jonjo Shelvey put in another creative performance in the middle of the park.
Vurnon Anita, who is fighting for a new deal when his current contract runs out next June, was great in attacking down the right wing – surely he will get a new deal this summer?
The impressive Isaac Hayden in action yesterday
And Isaac Hayden is becoming some player for Newcastle, as the 21 year-old had maybe his best game ever for Newcastle and he almost scored the first goal before Dwight delivered on the first of his three goals.
After the game this is what Isaac had to say on the Newcastle web-site:
“Anything inside the box, we know that nine times out of ten he’s going to put it in the back of the net,”
“He’s a fantastic finisher – he’s the best finisher I’ve played with, certainly, especially in and around the box. Anything that drops, you’re confident he’s going to score.”
“It’s great to have a player like that in the team. It’s not only his goals, but the things that go unnoticed; his work rate today was fabulous, and it is every game.”
“He stretches defenses and by doing that, he gives more players time and space on the ball. He’s an important player for us.”
“I think it’s just about racking up the three points every week, every game that we can and that keeps us at the top of the table.”
“I think it was imperative that we got back to winning ways.” “It wasn’t the greatest week last week – I don’t think that some of our performances deserved the results that we got.”
“We’re not really looking at the table position at the minute because we’re not even half way yet, so we’re just trying to take it game by game.”
As well as being a top class player Isaac’s temperament and character are exemplary – he is the new face of Newcastle United this season.
And not a bad signing by Rafa Benitez for just £2.5M from Arsenal.