It’s not hard to realize that 22-year old Isaac Hayden, who had a great first season at Newcastle making 38 appearances in all competitions, just loves everything at Newcastle.
Ever since he met with Rafa Benitez for two hours in a north London restaurant he wanted to join the club and he’s been positive about everything Newcastle ever since then.
This is a young man who could well become a big star at Newcastle as Rafa develops the defensive midfielder into a top player and builds on his excellent technical ability and temperament.
Isaac Hayden after scoring at Cardiff in second last game of the season
Isaac today in the Chronicle has talked about the difference of pulling on a Newcastle shirt compared to when he played for the Arsenal first team or at Hull City last season on loan.
The difference seems to be the complete passion the Newcastle fans have for their club.
This is what Issac has said in ChronicleLive today when talking initially about the difference between Arsenal and Newcastle fans:
“Arsenal are a massive club, but it doesn’t have the same aura as Newcastle.”
“I pulled on the red-and-white Arsenal shirt — maybe not enough times to fully appreciate it — but it’s almost like a sense of pure passion from the Geordies, compared to the Arsenal fans.”
“Don’t get me wrong, Arsenal fans have had a tough time as well and been great, but I didn’t get the feeling when you walk out at the Emirates as when I walk out at St James’.”
“It’s a different vibe.” “At Newcastle, it’s like I’m representing the guy in the stands.” “When we lose, I know 50,000 people are not going to have a good weekend.”
“They make me feel like I’m representing them directly on the pitch.” “I didn’t get that at Arsenal or Hull.”
Isaac only managed two senior appearances for Arsenal before he moved to Newcastle, but he soon became a Rafa favorite and was first choice alongside Jonjo Shelvey in the middle of the park last season for the Magpies.
This lad has a great future at Newcastle and he’s definitely at the right club at the right time and at the very beginning of the Rafa revolution.
Isaac should be so lucky.