Rafa Benitez says that he expects Isaac Hayden to still be a Newcastle player once the transfer window closes.
At that time he says Isaac will realize he’s going nowhere and hopefully will settle down and Rafa has said he will give him time off to visit his girlfriend and their baby in the southwest of England.
Hopefully, Isaac can work something out so he can stay at Newcastle – he’s a good player for us, and he’s done very well over the last two seasons and been a real team player for us.
Rafa Benitez with Isaac Hayden
The 23-year-old is still improving under the expert guidance of Rafa Benitez.
This is what Rafa has said in the Shields Gazette today when asked about the situation with Hayden:
“Yeah, I think so. “He knows that he has to stay and he was working hard against Braga.”
“So, it’s just a question of maybe these 10 days and when you finish the transfer window the players start realizing it’s where we are and we have to perform.”
Isaac has been upfront about his family problem this summer and was quoted last month as saying the following as he explained his personal situation:
“It’s a decision I didn’t come to very easily, but it was a decision I had to make.”
“Football’s obviously important to me, but family’s a completely different ball game, and, for me, family takes precedence over football.”
Well – he’s right about that.
And Hayden put a lot of effort into his performance last Wednesday night at SC Braga, and that was very good to see.
We just hope some arrangement can be worked out to keep Isaac happy at Newcastle given his personal situation.
We definitely need him this season given our lack of depth.