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Hayden Still Wants To Leave Newcastle In Summer


Isaac Hayden is playing his best football ever at Newcastle over the last couple of months.

He has forged a very effective partnership with 21-year-old Sean Longstaff although that partnership will be broken up this summer.

From what Isaac has said in his Times interview today he still expects to leave Newcastle this summer.

That is to be close to his girlfriend and baby who are in south Wales as we understand it.

Isaac Hayden – getting instructions from Rafa Benitez

It will be interesting to see what fee Newcastle want for him given how well he’s played recently and the fact he is keeping Ki, Shelvey, and Diame out of the starting eleven.

This is some of what Hayden has said in the Times interview today:

“The manager said to me, ‘you’re good enough to play here, there’s no pecking order, you have a clean slate.

“He’s been really good with me.” “It’s not like I’ve downed tools. I would never do that.”

“I get where people are coming from. They’re Newcastle through and through and if a player comes out and says ‘I want to leave’ for whatever reason, they’re always going to have that angst.”

“But it’s never been the case that I don’t like the club, the city or the fans. I do. It’s nothing to do with that.”

“This is a huge club. It’s also a frustrating club, because it’s got the infrastructure to be in the Champions League, 52,000 fans at every home game, all the away ends packed out wherever we go, it’s a one-club city.”

“It’s got all the makings to be enormous but for whatever reasons it’s not reaching its potential. It’s not the kind of club you’d want to leave.”

Newcastle should make sure that if they are to lose Hayden we get a good price for him.

We wish he would say and Rafa can give him time off whenever he can, so he can visit his family during the season.

But if he wants to leave Rafa will have to let him go.

The manager will then want to bring in a top young holding midfielder and we’d surprised if he brings in Andreas Samaris from Benfica who will be 30 in June.

Maybe Rafa will go after 21-year-old Brazilian and Lille midfielder Thiago Maia?

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5 comments so far

  • toonluvva

    Mar 1, 2019 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Best of luck to Hayden if he does go. He is right, family is much more important than money or football.

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  • Posh_Geordie

    Mar 1, 2019 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #2

    Reeeee post..

    Then maybe the poor run was more to do with everyone getting used to the new system.

    I’m a big fan of Dummet but other than cover at CB I don’t feel he fits this system. Although I read one season he was 4th fastest in prem, before anyone thinks I’m saying he is slow.

    I’m still to be convinced with the other wingback cover.

    What would everyone’s, realistic, shopping list for the summer be ‘when’ Rafa stays.

    I’d be content with Rondon or a replacement that is in the top three on Rafa”s list and a wingback that can okay both sides

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  • Anders247

    Mar 1, 2019 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #3

    I really don’t understand why professional footballers don’t move their family up??? If I was him I’d be telling his missy’s to move up here!!! And asking her why should his career suffer?? Surly moving to a club near her would be a backwards step

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  • lesh

    Mar 1, 2019 at 6:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Memo to Mikey boy

    Read the last two paragraphs of Hayden’s reported words – he can see the potential at NUFC, everybody can see the potential, everyone but you Mikey boy, you who refuses to see and do anything to build on it.

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  • beefman13

    Mar 1, 2019 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #5

    Fair play to the lad, av had a few pops at him and he’s had a few good games recently but is he that rareity in football who puts things before money? Looks like it.

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