It’s been very clear this season that when Isaac Hayden has played for Newcastle we look like a much better side with Isaac’s beautifully simple and highly technical game.
He makes it look so easy and that’s always the sign of a top-class technical player.
Isaac has been out with an ankle injury over our poor spell of seven games when we have picked up only 9 points.
But when he was back starting again last night Newcastle looked a very good team with lots of players absolutely committed to the Newcastle cause.
That was great to see.
Isaac Hayden made such a difference last night
If Newcastle can play our last four games with the commitment and skill of last night, but take our chances up front, there’s no reason we cannot get 12 points from the last four games .
And that would be a good way to finish the season whether or not we can catch Chris Hughton’s Brighton side.
Of course that’s exactly what we were thinking before last night’s game when most of our players were back or coming back – and we could win the final 5 games.
Isaac is turning out to be a bargain buy brought in by Rafa Benitez for only £2.5M from Arsenal last summer and once we hit the big time next season back in the Premier League we expect the greater exposure Isaac will get could see him make the full England squad.
He’s class personified and made a huge difference to the side last night.
This is what Isaac tweeted after the game last night.
— Isaac Hayden (@IsaacHayden65) April 14, 2017
We did almost everything right last night, until striker Chris Wood tapped the ball in after loose marking by the Newcastle defense at the very death.
There are a couple of things we have to improve next season.
- Ability to kill off games when we have so many chances.
- During close matches we cannot kill off – we need to be able to defend a lot better, so we don’t give away last minute goals like we did last night to lose 2 points.
It was great to have Isaac Hayden back last night and this lad has improved so much this season under Rafa Benitez – he could very well become a great player for Newcastle United in future years.