Isaac Hayden has been playing so well since he came into the first team in December.
At first, he formed an excellent if unlikely midfield partnership with local lad Sean Longstaff until Sean injured his knee ligaments and is now out for the season.
But the two players’ styles seem to complement each other, and they played so well against some of the top clubs in the land.
They looked a young duo who could play for Newcastle for years to come.
But Isaac Hayden is unsettled at Newcastle for family reasons, and he would like to move closer to his girlfriend and baby in the south.
We cannot really blame him for that since the family is so important – but maybe he will stay past the summer?
Along with his excellent form, Isaac seems to have also become a leader on and off the pitch with his extended run in the first team.
Isaac Hayden celebrates Newcastle’s late eqalizer on Saturday
Here’s an example of that as he talks about how the club have to keep Salomon Rondon, who has been in excellent form for us this year and now has 10 goals for the club this season.
This is what Isaac Hayden has said as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“I think if you ask every fan and everyone at the football club, they’d want him to stay,”
“Sometimes in football things are taken out of your control, and it’s not up to the individual. It’s up to the clubs to negotiate a fee.”
“But if you ask players, staff, everyone around the football club, they’d say yes they want him to stay.
“It’s not up to everyone, it’s up to two clubs.”
“He’s a vitally important player for us. You can see his goals and assists ratio this season – they’ve been crucial.”
“The whole team has been a really good platform, especially over the past two or three months.”
“The players at the back and the goalkeeper start the platform off, and then obviously the front players do what they do best which is create and score goals.”
“He’s important, just as important as everyone else.”
We’ll probably have to wait until the end of the season to see if Isaac Hayden still wants to leave but we’re sure Rafa is trying to work something out with the player to stay.
Maybe Hayden will stay if Rafa stays?
If the former Arsenal player does stay then our central midfield players of Longstaff, Hayden, Shelvey, Ki, and Diame look strong, and there’s some real Premier League experience there too.