22-year-old Isaac Hayden has done very well since he arrived last year from Arsenal and he has already made 46 appearances for the Newcastle first team with 3 goals.
Not too bad for a player who cost us only £2.5M from the Gunners.
Isaac believes Rafa Benitez has made a massive difference at Newcastle and has his players training at 100% during the week, so they are ready for each and every game they play.
And there’s no slacking under Rafa – in training or in a game – and if you do slack and not give 100%, you will not have a career with Benitez as the manager.
It’s really as simple as that – and that’s one reason there is no chance Rafa will sign former player Hatem Ben Arfa who will be a free agent from PSG soon.
Isaac Hayden – after scoring at Southampton
The Newcastle team have a great work ethic, and they are well organized and compact in every single game.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has said there’s one thing Rafa Benitez teams never do – and that is to give up.
He’s right there.
This is what Isaac has said in the Chronicle today on why Newcastle will never give up in any game:
“We found that the whole of last season.”
“There were games where people thought we would win, and we didn’t. Football changes all the time.”
“You have games like Southampton, where we should have got three points.” “That’s football for you.”
“There are ups and downs. We’re ready for that during the season.”
“I don’t really think the lads do look at the table, because it’s pointless at this stage of the season as there are so many games to go and points to play for.”
“It means nothing. The most important thing we look at is each game.”
“Three points were up for grabs against Palace and we took them. The next game’s another opportunity to get three points.”
“It was difficult. Palace are a good side. Their position in the table doesn’t tell you the whole picture of their team.”
“They’re a dangerous team, and they made it difficult.”
“Obviously, we had to get the three points. It wasn’t the way we wanted to do it, but three points was what we wanted.
“It was difficult with the two lads up front on the counter-attack. They did that quite well. It was a different style of game, probably more difficult than what we’ve been used to.”
“Again, it’s a new challenge. We kept going to the end, and we got our rewards for it. It was a great header by Mikel.”
“It got a slight deflection before it got to him, but it was a fantastic header to guide it into the net.”
“We’re just thoroughly delighted to get the three points.”
Nest up are Burnley at Turf Moor and that’s going to be very difficult.
Bith sides are well organized and work hard – so it seems like anybody’s game on Monday night.
Another Newcastle win would see us well positioned in the Premier League with 17 points from 10 games played.