Isaac Hayden is probably playing some of his best football at Newcastle at the moment, alongside local lad Sean Longstaff.
And they kept their place in the side on Monday night, and we very nearly got another win – but it was not to be at Wolves and a late controversial goal after 95 minutes robbed us of a vital 2 points in the 1-1 draw.
Ki and Mo Diame are now fit, and Shelvey should be fit for the next game against Huddersfield a week on Saturday at home, but we still expect these two lads to start that game.
Unfortunately, Isaac wants to leave the club to be nearer his girlfriend and baby who are in south Wales.
Isaac Hayden celebrating his goal on Monday night
This is what Isaac has said, as reported in the Chronicle today and he starts off talking about his goal on Monday night – brilliantly set up by the ever-improving Fabian Schar:
“It meant a lot because I haven’t scored for a while. It’s just helping the team; whether I score or someone else scores, it doesn’t matter.”
“It’s just disappointing to not get the three points, especially because I think the fans deserved that.”
“They travelled down on a Monday night and it was packed out again, so credit to them. They deserved a lot more.”
“Of course I feel the positive vibes.”
“Everyone will have opinions about certain things, but I’m one of those people who wears their heart on their sleeve.”
“I’m always honest, I’m never going to hold back or hold emotions in. If some people don’t like it, they don’t like it.”
“If they like it, then fair enough.”
“I’ve tried my best in every game. Some games I’m going to play badly; some games I’ll be good. The minimum is the effort, and I don’t think I’ve lacked that.”
“It wasn’t really that difficult for me football-wise in January because I was playing games of football. “
“I just enjoy playing games of football, and it doesn’t matter who you’re playing for, you just want to play.”
“It makes it so much easier to get through the period because you’re just focusing on training or playing,.”
“So it didn’t really bother me that month, especially as soon as you cross the white line.”
“It was maybe more difficult off the pitch with things flying around, conversations being had between the manager and other people, and the club and other clubs.”
“But when you play, as soon as you’re out there, it’s all about playing. You forget about everything else.”
It seems that Rafa is honor bound to allow Isaac Hayden to leave the club in the summer.
These performances for Newcastle will only be helping his cause.
We hope Rafa will bring in a young top defensive midfielder to replace Hayden, who has been a good player for us since he was signed by Rafa from Arsenal in the summer of 2016.
And he’s a much better player now than when he signed for us.
He’s got class both ff and on the field.
What do you think?