Newcastle Young Star – I’ve Improved By Learning From The Manager

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.

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28 comments so far

  • toontaff2

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #1

    Shire, no storms brewing, yet, for tomorrow’s trip up the A1!
    Lord Jazzy’s Royce should be ok this week! Don’t want his prawn sandwich fest spoiled! 😉

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Just me making the trip up the A1 tomorrow Toontaff. Jazzy can’t make it because his Goldfish drowned or was it work. Anyway unfortunately he can’t make it 🙂

  • Lee Charnley Bunga Party

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:08 AM

    Comment #3

    I don’t think Hayden has been the same player since he got snapped last season can’t remember what game it was but someone went into his ankle and had to come off!

    I think the pace of the premiership has taken him by surprise as well but he was good against Southampton

  • toontaff2

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:11 AM

    Comment #4

    JIB! And the rest of the old gits! 😮

    Apps Goals averaging per game
    1 Alan Shearer 1996–2006 404 206 0.51
    2 Jackie Milburn 1943-1957 397 200 0.50
    3 Len White 1953–1962 269 153 0.56
    4 Hughie Gallacher 1925–1930 174 143 0.82
    5 Malcolm Macdonald 1971–1976 228 121 0.53
    6 Peter Beardsley 1983–1997 326 119 0.36
    8 Tommy McDonald 1921–1931 367 113 0.30
    7 Bobby Mitchell 1949-1961 408 113 0.27
    9 Neil Harris 1920–1925 194 101 0.52
    10 Bryan Robson 1962–1971 244 97 0.39

    7 for me – but then I’m just a young whippersnapper 😆

  • toontaff2

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:12 AM

    Comment #5

    Shire, we’ll have to ask Lord Hibbit to hoy the prawn sandwiches at Penfold! I cannot launch a pie that far!

  • ShirebrookToon

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:14 AM

    Comment #6

    Aye it’s a fair distance for us like. Might bring the catapult 💡

  • toontaff2

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:15 AM

    Comment #7

    Was looking for the Welsh Toon scorers, like Ivor, Wyn and Craig! 🙄

  • Jib

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:16 AM

    Comment #8

    Supermac was born in Fulham
    He reckons as a bairn he carried
    SBR’s kitbag for him to training.
    Strangely he only made the claim
    after Sir Bobby passed away.

  • JohnJ

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #9

    OK Jib when are you going to fill in the blanks

    Of the clubs top ten scorers
    one from Gosforth Alan Shearer
    one from Hexham Pop Robson
    one from Ashington Jackie Milburn
    one from Inverness ?
    three from Glasgow Bobby Mitchell, Hughie Gallagher, ?
    one from London Malcolm Macdonald
    one from Doncaster Len White plus Kevin Keegan
    one from Sunderland ?

  • posada

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Mitro up front with Gayle working the channels.
    Could it possibly be worse than Perez and Joss in the Loo.

    With 4/2/3/1 you play an extra man in a deeper role. I get that.
    But when that man is Perez or Diame what good does it do.
    They have essentially been a man off.
    Perhaps that is too harsh, but they would be no great loss.

  • Jib

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #11

    one from Sunderland
    nickname from premature baldness
    same name as an England captain from Chester le Street
    inverness managed the Lochside on red hall drive
    3 from Glasgow Gallacher
    same surname as supermac
    the other Neil Harris (1920/5)

  • Jib

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #12

    was that
    Ivor Biggin ?

  • nut meg

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #13


    nut meg
    Nov 3, 2017 at 8:58 AM
    Comment #2
    jib my best guess is only 7 and not in any order goes.

  • Moonraker15

    Nov 3, 2017 at 9:56 AM

    Comment #14

    Bryan ‘Pop’ Robson from Sunderland

    Interesting to see Hughie Gallacher’s scoring average! Phenomenal.

    My dad used to have a drink with him in Gateshead. Sad to think how he ended it !

  • Jib

    Nov 3, 2017 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #15

    2 mcdonalds , the other was tommy
    and Neil Harris from the early 20’s

    if you look at pics of Len White in action
    his thighs are unreal – he makes
    supermac look puny (well not really)
    as a young lad he worked down the
    pits as a platelayer
    that brand of really hard physical
    labour must have built him up

  • Jib

    Nov 3, 2017 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #16

    1939-1945 means a lot to my Grandad.

    It’s when Coronation Street has it’s advert break and he goes for his evening shit.

  • Jib

    Nov 3, 2017 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #17

    How did #16 get on here !
    That was meant for facebook

  • nut meg

    Nov 3, 2017 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #18

    jib… the word legend is over used now, but White was a true legend.. a goal scorer with either foot and a great header of a ball..quick..could beat defenders either side with ease…great dribbler .and as you say strong as a ox…a memory maker. I’m happy to have had the pleasure of seeing him play

  • Moonraker15

    Nov 3, 2017 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #19

    Nut meg
    Len White suffered by the fact he followed the era of Milburn and Mitchell who were true legends.

  • Jib

    Nov 3, 2017 at 11:50 AM

    Comment #20

    Hatem Ben Arfa about to sign for Leicester City !!!!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 3, 2017 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #21

    Hi Jib…who is it I am arguing with again? Intrigued about the phrasing “everyone”…

    …and don’t say you, because everyone is basically arguing with you…even yourself!

  • Jib

    Nov 3, 2017 at 12:02 PM

    Comment #22



  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 3, 2017 at 12:12 PM

    Comment #23

    Jib…if you mean “Jesper I was just trying to be a WUM as always” then yeah you got me!

    …thumpsupemoji for you

  • NUFCadon

    Nov 3, 2017 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #24

    It will be interesting to see how Ben Arfa does if he does go to Leicester. I have to say, as lazy as he was at times for us I would love to have him in our number 10 position

  • Jib

    Nov 3, 2017 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #25

    Jesper you may enjoy yourself more here

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 3, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #26

    Jib…I don’t watch your links!

    …you shouldn’t concern yourself so much with others…you have plenty on your own plate obviously!

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 3, 2017 at 12:43 PM

    Comment #27

    Jib…a question though

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 3, 2017 at 12:44 PM

    Comment #28

    Jib…answer on the next post


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