web analytics

Newcastle Midfielder Hands In Transfer Request

The Mirror is reporting that Isaac Hayden wants to move away from Newcastle and further south this summer based on what are described as  “exceptional family reasons.”

Isaac joined us two years ago from Arsenal, and he is now the fourth choice in central midfield and unlikely to get much playing time next season.

The Mirror is reporting that he has already talked at length with manager Rafa Benitez about his situation and it seems he is homesick.

Isaac Hayden – handed in a transfer request yesterday

But before Isaac can leave the club, we must first bring in a replacement – and that could be difficult for Newcastle.

Isaac has stressed it is purely for family reasons that he wants to leave Newcastle.

Here is a part of the Mirror report:

“Hayden has made it clear how much he likes St James’s Park, the club’s fans and has the utmost respect for Newcastle boss Benitez.”

“But ex-Arsenal trainee Hayden, who was born in Chelmsford, is looking to move further south after putting in the request on Friday.”

“The club is aware of the issue and Hayden is hoping that he is able to move during this transfer window.”

So Isaac is trying to push for a move away from Newcastle within the next 26 days by submitting a transfer request.

Mikel Merino is another young central midfielder who wanted to leave the club, but that was based on football reasons because he wasn’t getting enough playing time this year in the first team.

Rafa will not allow Isaac to leave unless he can get in a replacement in and if Rafa cannot do that before August 9th he’s likely to try again in January and Isaac will stay put until then.

This is a bit of a surprise since we thought Hayden was happy on Tyneside.

Maybe a Championship club will be interested in the player, but it looks like he wants to move closer to London.

Comments welcome.

10 comments so far

  • Munster Mag

    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #1

    Maybe merino could have stayed. Would have got more action with Hayden gone and Rafa wanted him to stay.

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #2

    “Sinn Féin calls bomb attacks on Gerry Adams
    and fellow republican figure Bobby Storey
    in Belfast
    ‘reprehensible and cowardly’”

    Anybody see the irony in this ?

  • Jib

    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #3

    I think it was a straight swap Ki fo MM
    Hayden is a different issue and is probably
    why Rafa’s having a good look at Sterry

  • TomaKaThor

    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:15 AM

    Comment #4

    Was an okay Championship player but tbh I used to always expect little to nothing when he played last year, so he can go for me.

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:18 AM

    Comment #5

    Hayden is a very handy player to have in the squad because he can step in and do a job in a variety of positions, but like Merino, he’s not going to be first choice and this will surely be largely behind his transfer request. Ritchie also will not be a starter in a strong Benitez side, and I think he will be allowed to leave without too many reservations from the manager if that’s what the player wants. I think Ritchie will recognise this and leave.

  • Belfast

    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    Can’t see many premier league clubs being in for him to be honest. He’ll probably have to drop back into the championship.

  • Blofal

    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #7

    Hayden is likely 4th choice midfielder now so I suspect that may be a rather large factor in him wanting to leave.

  • Pottsclock

    Jul 14, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #8

    As someone who has lived all over the UK, I find this “homesick” point raised by young English footballers rather puzzling. Yes you cannot get back to your wider family every week. But on the other hand, you can get across the UK really quickly with internal flights etc. And the cost is not an issue when you’re being paid the way they are.
    Look how the English leagues are full of foreign players who are prepared to travel the world for their career.
    Hayden may have a specific issue – such as someone in the family whose health has changed radically or similar – which may be a more compelling reason. My point is more general. But sometimes we hear it from players whose home is 150 miles away or less. I remember Robbie Savage using it as a excuse to move to a particular club that in the end was further away from home than the other option.
    I suspect there may be an element of family reasons here. But as others say I suspect that part of it is that he’s not getting enough first team football….which is fair enough !!

  • DubaiMicky

    Jul 14, 2018 at 11:38 AM

    Comment #9

    Jib, oh yes, I saw the irony immediately. No surrender (except blair already did).

  • neverbeento wembly

    Jul 14, 2018 at 8:43 PM

    Comment #10

    Homesick? at his age earning a fortune, 300 miles away max living in luxury he doesn’t know what the word means, ask a few young guys in forces living in permanent danger for a pittance in middle east if he wants to know what homesick is


You must log in to post a comment.