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.
What do you think?