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.
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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?