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Hayden Showing Real Maturity On And Off The Pitch – Is He Really Leaving?

It appears that Isaac Hayden as well as improving a lot at Newcastle this season and he has also shown some real maturity.

He surprisingly announced last summer he requested to leave Newcastle to be closer to his girlfriend and baby.

And form comments he made in January his intention is still to leave the club in the summer.

And that’s after Isaac has shown some of his best form ever at Newcastle and has kept Ki, Diame, and Shelvey out of the side.

We would like Isaac to stay on board in the summer – if possible.

It will be sad if Isaac Hayden leaves this summer – but it looks likely

But his interviews, as usual, have been positive and nobody can accuse the lad of not giving 100% for Newcastle.

This is what Hayden has said in the Chronicle today:

“When you get in the team, you’ve got the shirt,”

“You have to do your best to keep the shirt. “It was unfortunate circumstances why I got in the team, but that happens in sport, and it’s how you deal with it as a player.”

“The other lads have been fantastic. The team has done incredibly well. The formation has worked really well home and away.”

“We’ve got the right work ethic. Everyone’s bought into the manager’s ideas.”

“Also, the squad has been together bar one or two new signings for the best part of two and a half years now. A lot of the players know each other quite well.”

“When you go on to the pitch you know what you want to do and you know your team-mates. It’s quite important.”

“The second half (of last season), obviously, I didn’t start as many games as I wanted to. That wasn’t down to me – it was down to the players who were doing really well.”

“You couldn’t have faulted Jonjo and Mo in the middle of the pitch from Stoke onwards. From that moment, when they’re playing that well, you couldn’t be aggrieved.”

“I had a few substitute’s appearances. You still feel part of it.”

“It’s just about being professional, and when you get a chance, you have to show as much as you can.”

“And when you don’t play, you have to support the players that are playing and push them as hard as you can in training.”

“We’ve got tough games left, and there’ll be opportunities for players to play,”

“Every single game is an opportunity for players to show what they can do. “I think the players that are playing at the minute are never guaranteed to play.”

“You have to take every single game, minute, touch and pass to show what you can do.”

“That’s the attitude I have and it’s an attitude I’ve never gone from.”

“If you rest on your laurels and think ‘I’m in the team and I’m playing and doing this and that’, you can get over-confident.”

“That’s not how I play. You play on the edge and you play with pressure. I try to do my best.”

“January was January,”

“Whatever happened, happened. It didn’t affect me on the pitch. “Once you cross the white line, and have the jersey on, I’m trying to do my best for the club.”

“It’s up to everybody now – everyone in the squad – to do their jobs and get Newcastle as high as they can in the league.”

That’s a terrific interview with Hayden, who turns 24 later this month.

Before Sean Longstaff was injured last Satured at the London Stadium he had formed an excellent partnership in central midfield with the North Shields lad.

He was signed from Arsenal in the summer of 2016 for £2M – and he’s worth a lot more than that now.

Rafa has turned him into an outstanding player who seems to have a bright career ahead of him in football.

It’s going to be a pity if that’s not at Newcastle.

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17 comments so far

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:36 AM

    Comment #1

    Well buying Ki and Muto seems to have helped broaden our appeal in the Far East:-


  • Harley

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:37 AM

    Comment #2

    On current form and in the current market Hayden has to be worth £15. He’s English, 24 and with his peak years ahead of him he’s a bargain at even that price. If we can get £20 for Gayle and Murphy and a miracle happens and we get £30m from the club, that’s a half decent budget.

  • Harley

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #3


    Silly question but do actually live out in Dubai permanently? I was there for the first time a couple of weeks ago and it’s amazing!!!

  • Tsunki

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:39 AM

    Comment #4

    All of those players for barely a few quid more than a tank of diesel. 😀

  • Mag52

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #5

    I hope he keeps his place in midfield even though Longstaff is unfit.
    Hayden alongside Ki looks as if it could work.

  • Genjikai

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:41 AM

    Comment #6

    Realistically i would say 10mill for hayden at the most like. Gayle is deffo 15- 20 mill for a champo team that is ready for promotion thats a snip for pritty much guaranteed promotion.
    Murphy again 8- 10 mill. (Think he could make it hope he comes back strong.)
    Like you say plus 30 mill ontop of that aye wed have a good war chest.

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Harley, I live in the UAE, not in Dubai at the minute though, been here since 2005 (apart from 2 years in 2011-13). I prefer Ras Al Khaimah as the best place to live, then Abu Dhabi, then Dubai, but it all depends on where you work, live as close to that as possible as the commute will kill you.

  • Harley

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #8


    Think I read something a while back that Brighton we’re prepared to pay £10m for him. Probably just paper talk I know but I just know how much it’s going to cost to replace him. If we do get decent money for him I’d like to replace him with a real powerhouse payer. I know Wanyama can be a bit hot headed but apparently he’s up for sale (again according to the papers), I’d love have him here and show some ambition.

  • Genjikai

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #9

    Harley, maybe your right if brighton were prepared to pay 10 mill then maybe 15mill is not out of the realms.

  • Harley

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:47 AM

    Comment #10


    Wow that’s a long time to live out there. Everyone says the summer heat is insane. My wife and I loved the place and are already planning to go back next year. They’re on a different level for service out there. I’m sure it’s the same where you live.

  • Harley

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:48 AM

    Comment #11

    Genkai that’s according to the press. Probably just a made up story as I did think that was high at the time.

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #12

    Hottest I ever saw was 56c in the shade. It’s not the heat, it’s the humidity that’s the problem, as you know everywhere is air conditioned – just don’t go jogging during the day in the summer.

  • Genjikai

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:55 AM

    Comment #13

    Sorry late on shelvey debate aswell,
    But before his injury he was my man of the match in the poll pritty much every game he played.
    And being truthful hes probly been my man of the match many games before that over last 3 seasons.
    I think it would be crazy to sell shelvey me.

  • kc2012

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #14

    Hayden deserves credit for his performances, I wrote him off earlier in the season but he’s been very good for us recently. If we can keep him then that would be brilliant but if he still wants to leave then we’d definitely get upwards of £10m for him. If he was at say Chelsea or City and getting the odd game here and there it would be a lot more than £10m though. He’s young, English and clearly very talented.

    I think the important thing really is to keep Diame though, he’s our best defensive midfielder and his stats before his injury were amongst the best in the prem.

    The cost of replacing them both with players of equal or better quality would probably take up most of our budget.

    Anyway I hope we can get back to winning ways against Everton (the most deluded fans in world football).

    Come on the toon!

  • Genjikai

    Mar 8, 2019 at 9:57 AM

    Comment #15

    Shelvey has a magical hidden long through ball that is calling for miggy. Itll surprise so many teams now. Miggy will be all over it.

  • Genjikai

    Mar 8, 2019 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #16

    Kc i agree tbh, when you think you have cover in a position youve got to take a step back a remember its the toon under ashley we are talking about here.
    Realistically we could be building a whole new midfield with hayden sold, diame not getting extension, shelvey sold and possibly cashed longstaff in.
    That situation could well happen under ashley.

  • Genjikai

    Mar 8, 2019 at 10:03 AM

    Comment #17

    Never .mind on to positive postings,
    HWTL, howare the toon!


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