22 year-old Isaac Hayden had a very good first season for Newcastle after his move from Arsenal for just £2.5M last summer and he contributed greatly to our promotion with a total of 38 total appearances with 31 starts and two goals.
He will be under pressure for his first team place next season (like all other players) as Rafa is likely to bring in some new and experienced central midfielders.
But the lad’s positive attitude, his willingness to learn everything he can from Rafa Benitez and his technical skill point to a great future ahead for him at Newcastle United.
Isaac Hayden – future Newcastle star
Isaac is one of those players who makes things look so easy, because he’s so technically gifted.
It’s so annoying.
🙂 🙂 🙂
Isaac is already an England U21 International who can play at center-back, right back and defensive midfield, where Rafa has used him almost exclusively last season.
Here’s what Isaac has said as reported today in the Northern Echo as he looks forward to playing in the Premier League:
“That’s the pinnacle, that’s where everybody wants to play. All the best players in the world want to come to the Premier League and test themselves against the best players.”
“I know I have got improving to do in certain aspects of my game – I have spoken to the manager about that – but he’s got full confidence in me.”
“I have got full confidence in myself that come next season, especially in pre-season, my body will be 100% fit, ready and raring to go and improve.”
“I should have no doubt that I’ll be able to hack it in the Premier League.”
“It was a long, hard season. I’ve had ankle injuries, I’ve been knocked here, I’ve been knocked there, but that’s just the nature of football, the nature of the way I play football.”
“I always want to put myself about and make sure that I have an impact on the game.”
“It’s good to have a couple of weeks’ rest, resting the head, resting the body and then ready to go ahead for next season.”
“I can’t speak for everybody else, but I’ll have two weeks off and I’ll be dying to come back.” “That’s just the nature of football. I love playing and I love improving and becoming a better player.”
“I know the off-season is a rest and obviously you are there to rest, but it’s seven weeks.”
“It gives you a good chance to work on your body and improve aspects that you might not have improved during the season because of so many games.”
“It gives you chance to come back and be ready for the Premier League.”
There’s a player who only thinks about becoming a better player and with Rafa his coach then anything is possible for this lad.
Isaac was one of the great signings Rafa and Lee Charnley made last summer for Newcastle – now we need to engineer a few more of them as Rafa builds his Premier League team that can immediately challenge in the top half of the league next season.
Things are looking great for Newcastle at the moment and we are even being mentioned in the national papers and on TV again.
How things have changed when you are part of the Premier League again.
Howay The Lads!!