The Low Key Player Newcastle Have Missed Massively

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.

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.

  1. Ability to kill off games when we have so many chances.
  2. 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.

Hope so.

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37 comments so far

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:14 PM

    Comment #1

    18Bobbybee // Apr 15, 2017 at 7:11 PM

    Toon kk, he’s not the only one. It’s almost as if nobody wants us to go up. Maybe because we’re such an attraction for the Championship, who knows? ? There has been some unfathomable decisions that help our rivals or go against us. I don’t buy into the conspiracy theory myself, but you can see why some do. Forest was bizarre. Burton unreal and the amount of dodgy penalties Huddersfield and Brighton have had, compared to our pitiful few, does make you raise an eyebrow. Yet we’re still there. Wonder what else they have up their sleeve for us as time runs out? Allowing Preston to play with twelve men? Giving Barnsley a head start? Letting sheep invade the pitch at Cardiff? ? We’ll still go up though, despite their best efforts!

    Missed the bus again.

  • Macas

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:18 PM

    Comment #2

    The problem Hayden has is consistency. When he plays like he did last night he looks fantastic, but he has had plenty games this season where he has been almost anonymous. Hopefully as he gets older he will become more consistent, but I still think Rafa will be looking to buy someone else to start in that position if we go up.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:24 PM

    Comment #3

    The whole team put in a good performance last night. Hayden tired towards the end and it wasn’t worth risking a muscle strain or a pull by pushing him too hard after a long lay off. He’ll improve over the next few games as well. Good to have Yedders back on the pitch too. Anita had a good game last night but overall I think Yedders is the better option at right back. Anita gets caught out of position too often and leaves a huge space at right back. Get Clark back and we’ll be back to full strength again,juat in time for the final furlong. Be nice to win at Ipswich and get the record away wins in the bag, then improve it again at Cardiff. We looked like a proper team last night and entertained the crowd. Just a shame they had one moment of madness right at the end. Proud of the performance overall though. Play like that for the last games and we have nothing to fear.

  • toon kk

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #4

    All those dodgy decisions. It’s terrible when you think about it, there’s a high chance we could have been promoted by now. But we’ll not be beaten.

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:25 PM

    Comment #5

    I’d have to disagree macas, I think he’s looked fantastic whenever he’s played. Quite often he seems anonymous because as Ed puts it, he makes what he does look simple. He’s been out for a long time, and we’ve missed him.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #6

    Macas, I think he bought Hayden for long term matey. He’s only going to get better as he matures. This season was good for the lad, allowing him to play a lot of games in a league not as unforgiving as the PL. He’ll be better for it. He’s got a great future imo.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #7

    Not be long for we see Shelvey and Hayden in the England squad

  • investinyouthtoon

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #8

    macas re Hayden i think Rafa will buy someone to challenge him for a spot next season, competition will only make him better and will make him more hungry to succeed. As for consistency everyone goes missing for matches at a time, even my player of the season Ritchie who was at times anonymous before Christmas. Least we have Hayden fit and ready for the season conclusion

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Apr 15, 2017 at 7:48 PM

    Comment #9

    We definitely play a lot better when Hayden is in the team, but whethere that is because he is an amazing player or whether it is because his replacement is absolutely cack is up for debate. One thing is for certain, we can’t play Colback as back up next year, he seems to be getting worse every year, and he was only mediocre in his hay-day. If Hayden gets injured next year we’ll get torn apart with Jack in the team.

  • toon kk

    Apr 15, 2017 at 8:11 PM

    Comment #10

    For all we drew last night it gave me more faith in us as a team, it was good to see us playing for a cause.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 15, 2017 at 8:35 PM

    Comment #11

    KK, it’s no coincidence that the performance came with great backing from the stands. I’m not sure a lot of younger fans realise how important it is to be part of the club. We have a job to do, just as important as Rafa’s and the players. We used to be the creme de la creme of vociferous supporters and despite having a string of dodgy players, the fans were always capable of lifting them to higher grounds. It’s dropped off lately for whatever reason. Seated stadiums are definitely a downer on support, but as last night showed, when we really get behind the lads, they play much better. I recall when we played Spurs in a cup game at WHL when we were a second division side. Can’t remember who it was, but their manager said after the game: ‘if I had my team and their fans, we would win every trophy on offer’. Nobody liked playing at SJP because of the support. SAF always said he hated coming up here. I was as proud of the fans as the team last night, they were superb. We need to realise how much of a difference we can make to every game. The Spurs game was another fine example last season. It spurred the team on to great heights. We need to make SJP a fortress again. I’d love to see level seven a designated safe standing area, with cheaper entrance given for the understanding that if you go up the terms, you make a racket! Away fans will be moved soon, because of some bizarre new rule that says they must be visible. Imagine the entire level seven area made the singing section. It would be wicked.

  • jimiley

    Apr 15, 2017 at 8:37 PM

    Comment #12

    Shearer was on SKY re football greats. Bloody awful strikers we have now. We will mark the Ashley era in 20 years time as a very low point in our history. I cannot recall a worse owner.

  • Toonces

    Apr 15, 2017 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #13

    I think that our dip in form over the past few months correlates to Hayden being absent with his injury. He makes a big difference in the team. Solidifies the midfield pair.

    In regards to Shawcross, why would he be a perfect signing? He is a solid defend first center back – but he has a wonky back and has missed a lot of games the past 2 seasons. Too risky.

  • Budge123

    Apr 15, 2017 at 8:54 PM

    Comment #14

    It wasn’t long ago that the general opinion on this blog was that Shelvey could only play well with Colback beside him and that Hayden made Shelvey drop too deep.
    What a difference a couple of months makes to many!

    Next year I think Rafa will be looking for a partner for Hayden not a replacement.
    Shelvey could be moved to 10 but can he play as part of a defensive pair in the PL? Probably not.

    Hayden could be Rafa’s best buy – unknown as he was to nearly all.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 15, 2017 at 8:55 PM

    Comment #15

    Imagine the glorious irony if we were to win our first trophy in fifty years under the stewardship of Ashley? You definitely need a good sense of humour to support The Toon! 🙂

  • Budge123

    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:00 PM

    Comment #16

    Bobby you are up near the away fans aren’t you? Great atmosphere there last night. I thought I’d gone back 30 odd years such was the edge to the two set of fans!

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:02 PM

    Comment #17

    Budge, Shelvey’s been a huge part of our success this season. Rafa’s turned him into a much better player than the one we bought. His killer passes will be equally as effective in the PL as they have been in the Championship. He’s one of a few who is good enough to keep for next season. Hayden is going to improve as he gets older, but you only need to recall how we struggled without Shelvey when he was injured to realise how important he is to this team.

  • hibbit

    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #18


    let’s hope Rafa’s got one or two more like Hayden up his sleeve been a great buy so far
    Rafa must have a long list of players like that hopefully just off the radar at a price we can afford

  • Budge123

    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:05 PM

    Comment #19

    Agree Bobby but as a 10 or a floater not as a defensive pair . He can’t tackle great doesn’t have pace and has a dodgy temper!

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:06 PM

    Comment #20

    Budge, Aye, was good to see the Leeds fans singing but not be able to hear a thing because we were so loud. Long time since that happened. We really do make a huge difference to the team when we’re like that. Awesome support.

  • Budge123

    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:07 PM

    Comment #21

    Agree hibbit.

    For all the grief he gets for Sels ets.
    2.5 for Hayden. Bloody hell.
    Could be 30 in a couple of years

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:15 PM

    Comment #22

    Have to agree to disagree on Shelvey then mate. 🙂 In the No10 role he wouldn’t get to use the full range of his passing and that’s what makes him the player he is.
    On a different note, shame we won’t be having a derby next season. The mackems are doomed and unlike us, they won’t bounce straight back. More chance of another relegation than promotion for them I reckon. Who can they sell to raise the money from? At least we had Sissoko and Gini to raise funds with, they’ve got nowt. Their players will struggle next season and they might even do a Leeds. Can’t decide how I feel about it. Serves them right and I do despise them, but derby games are something special. We owe them one as well.

  • Budge123

    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:38 PM

    Comment #23

    To hell with them Bobby.
    Play them in the cup in years to come when they go on a cup run and get to the 3rd round!

  • Hail Wor Ashley

    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #24

    Hayden for me has been a small revelation. I thought he’d play a part this season, but for me he’s already showing he can be our best combative CM for a long time,

    I’d be perfectly happy to see him and Shelvey begin next season as the 1st choice pair in CM, but we do need more depth and competition, particularly for Shelvey who I think would benefit a lot from having somebody to keep him honest and striving to improve.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #25

    Budge 🙂 🙂 Aye, sounds about right. Anyway, got a documentary to watch. Cheers for the craic lads, good as always. Looking forward to the next game already. Later chaps.

  • jane

    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #26

    how about an annual pre-season ‘friendly’? when was the last Tyne/Wear pre-season friendly?

  • lesh

    Apr 15, 2017 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #27

    If we have any statisticians on here, it’d be interesting to know how much extra times been given in games we’ve played and whether it’s been a factor in us either losing games or conceding equalisers that have cost us points.

    And, it’d be interesting to see whether extra time’s contributed to our promotion rivals gaining points on us.

    Really, the question is whether match officials are truly impartial and do not give advantage to the opposition when we play.

    It’s just a pity that Rafa’s not a Fergy sort who bullied refs into playing to (Fergy) time and didn’t give too many decisions against ManU.

  • lesh

    Apr 15, 2017 at 10:01 PM

    Comment #28

    For clarification….

    * ‘….. in us either losing games * from a winning position * or conceding equalisers that have cost us points.

  • Budge123

    Apr 15, 2017 at 10:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Lesh we got 3 points from Norwich for a start so we are 3 to the good !

  • lesh

    Apr 15, 2017 at 10:13 PM

    Comment #30

    Shelvey reminds me of one Terry Hibbitt who cost Joe Harvey £35k from Leeds, I think. But could he play the insightful, telling, perfectly timed and weighted ball for SuperMac to latch on to and bury.

    Add to Hibbitt, Jimmy Smith, Tony Green, Stewart Barraclough, Nattrass, Kennedy and the unsung heroes Tommy Gibb and John,Tudor plus Pat Howard……..

    A few pints in the Haymarket on a sunny afternoon to be followed by basking in the sunlit centre paddock…….. To be followed by even more drink, somewhere. Heady days.

  • lesh

    Apr 15, 2017 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #31


    Ah but Norwich was different…. Harrumph 😀

  • toon kk

    Apr 15, 2017 at 10:14 PM

    Comment #32

    I am coming to the conclusion there is some fact in the theory of it is good for officials etc to” like us in the championship”
    Maybe it’s just a stupid thought but we’ve definitely made it a more exciting division this season.

    I’m just looking forward to us playing premier league football again.

  • LewSpi v2.0

    Apr 15, 2017 at 10:43 PM

    Comment #33

    Three names I’ve not heard been linked with us before in HITC this evening, all from bundesliga

    Luis Gustavo
    Leon Goretzka
    Lewis Holtby

  • cyprus

    Apr 16, 2017 at 6:44 AM

    Comment #34

    As the vote shows, the two players introduced were also MOM. They inarguably both influenced the game. If I were to choose on who influenced it more I’d probably go with the poll.

    Over to you Rafa. I’ll make it plain. They start the next game.

  • sing in the corner

    Apr 16, 2017 at 7:11 AM

    Comment #35

    Morning Cyprus
    There has to be a question mark over their ability to start 2 games in such a short time period though. Especially Hayden. There is an argument for ‘needs must’ in Hayden’s case though I guess.

  • cyprus

    Apr 16, 2017 at 7:19 AM

    Comment #36

    On chronicle’s articles:
    Disagree with Stones that our defense is weak for the PL. It’s stronger than I can remember. Lascelles is a big no nonsense CB who will receive offers to move. He makes mistakes but will improve. Clark is more the finished article, very good on the ball. Dummet is better than I think (thought). Yedlin is class, needs work, but has enormous potential.

    Whenever Anita is rejected he puts in a performance like the last. Mbemba is as good as the other two.

    Not to mention the rest. Not perfect but pretty damn good, given this is Newcastle.

    Rafa, improvement needed at Shelvey’s position, n.10, one CF, 1 winger. 4 players, 60 mil.

  • cyprus

    Apr 16, 2017 at 7:22 AM

    Comment #37

    I hear you. But we need 3 points this Monday or Huddersfield will smell blood. This game is more important than Leeds.
    If he can play he must. Diame is good but he runs out of fuel early.


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