Isaac Hayden was signed by Rafa Benitez 17 months ago for just £2.5M from Arsenal and he has been a success for Newcastle since then.
But this will be a tough season for the 22-year-old Chelmsford born player.
He will have to show he is talented enough to hold down a regular place in the Newcastle side and the competition will only get tougher.
But Isaac has made a good impact at the club and he has so far played 49 games for Newcastle with 3 goals and 4 assists.
If he appears tomorrow afternoon against Bournemouth it will be his 50th appearance for the club.
Isaac Hayden – after scoring at Southampton
This is what Isaac has said in the local press today as specifically reported in the Shields Gazette:
“It has come around quickly,” “It might have come around a little quicker if I wasn’t injured last season.”
“But nonetheless, it’s a nice milestone to get to, and hopefully I can build on that and get to 100, then 150 and so on.”
“Especially at my age, if you’d said to me before joining that I would have got 50 so soon, I probably would have questioned that.”
“You always want to get minutes under your belt and try to improve as much as you can.”
“Players are getting better and stronger, so the more minutes you can get, the better it’s going to be for you.”
“And, thankfully, the manager trusts me to do the job that he wants me to do.”
“Obviously, I’m going to have bad games and good games, but I’ve tried my best and given 110% every time I’ve played, and I think the fans appreciate that.”
“Compared to when I first joined, I think I’ve definitely improved tactically.”
“I’ve improved by learning from the manager, and I think there’s the confidence factor as well.”
“When you’re playing games – whether that’s coming on or starting – you always have to be ready mentally to do your best.”
With Mikel Merino out of tomorrow’ game with a back injury, we expect Isaac to start alongside Jonjo Shelvey in Newcastle’s engine room.
The lads need to play well tomorrow so we can get our 5th win of the season against Bournemouth before the two-week International break.
Later today Rafa will be giving his press conference for that important home game.