Isaac Hayden is one of the best signings we made last summer when we paid Arsenal a measly £2.5M for him.
Rafa had met him in north London and after that two hour talk one-on-one, when Rafa explained that he wanted to play him in defensive midfield and how he could make him into a better player at Newcastle – Isaac was desperate to sign for us.
Let’s hope that Rafa has similar meetings like that this summer as he brings maybe up to seven new players into the squad for our Premier League return.
Isaac Hayden scored super goal at Cardiff
Isaac has an excellent attitude, temperament and character as well as being one of the best technical players in the squad and that goal he scored on Friday night was hit with near perfection as it simply flew into the back of the net.
Flashback: It reminded me of a goal I scored at Harbottle Park on Walker Road way back when I was maybe nine years old and the star player in the street.
It was a similar goal – the only difference was mine went in just inside the coats that little bit faster that Isaac’s – and it also swerved just a little bit – well that’s what I remember anyway.
🙂 🙂 🙂
It’s also obvious that when Isaac Hayden is in the Newcastle side we play a lot better and since he was out with that ankle injury along with Ciaran Clark’s absence with his knee injury, we seemed to pay the price for having these two excellent players missing.
That will not have gone unnoticed by Rafa.
This is what Isaac has said about this upcoming summer as reported in the Chronicle today:
“Maybe this is the biggest summer I have had.”
“Last summer I went back to Arsenal and I knew I wasn’t going to be staying there, so it was a bit of a frustrating summer after promotion last season with Hull.”
“I wanted to make sure I was playing football and it’s not easy when you know you might have to leave, especially when the club doesn’t want you to go initially.”
“I didn’t get much of a summer holiday last time because of the play-offs and then I had to go back to pre-season early, I was back in June, not even July.”
“This summer it will be nice to have a bit of a break.”
“I was very frustrated with my time at Arsenal, I felt I deserved more of a chance and I got an injury at a key time.” “You need to take advantage of small windows.”
“I have a point to prove to myself, I know I am capable of playing Premier League football and hopefully that will be next season.”
“The last time I scored was against Reading at the beginning of the season, this was a nice goal, nice to get on the score-sheet, a left foot swinger, but I think the most important thing was playing in the system.”
“We have done our job, gaining the two wins, we just have to see what happens and we have a whole week to prepare for the Barnsley game.”
“Hopefully give the season a nice send off for our fans and then prepare for the Premier League,”
“It was quite nice even for this week after the Preston game, knowing we had got over the line and heading to Cardiff knowing we were up.”
“That was nice. We have had a bounce in our step. We got the three points at Cardiff as well and it was nice.”
“The Preston game, you always knew there was pressure. We didn’t want to wait another game. We showed we could handle that pressure.”
“We handled the pressure, even when we were level with Preston we got the job done and then enjoyed the trip to Cardiff.”
“After the last game it will be about resting and recovering.”
It would not surprise us at all if Isaac starts getting the attention next season in the Premier League while playing defensive midfield for the Magpies.
The Londoner has shown himself to be a wonderful young player who is improving very quickly under the expert coaching of Rafa Benitez.
And Rafa has had Newcastle focused 100% through the end of the season and if we can win on Sunday against Barnsley then we have a decent chance of going up as Champions – and that would be the icing on the cake.
We will do that if we win on Sunday at home to Barnsley and Brighton don’t win at Aston Villa.
If Brighton beat Villa they will go up as Champions and deserve it too – whatever we do against Barnsley.
It’s going to be a fabulous atmosphere of joy and celebration at St. James’ Park on Sunday, after we have had a very hard slog in the Championship, but have also been ultra-successful in getting straight back to the Premier League.
Love it and I’ve even got by daughter Elaine following the Newcastle results now – that’s some achievement in itself.