Maybe it’s just me, but Isaac Hayden seems so positive these days and seems to be enjoying his stint as a starter since December.
Issac is a happy man, and Rafa has mentioned a few times his central midfielder is happy – because he’s playing regularly in the first team.
That would not be too unusual if it wasn’t for the fact that he seems to want to leave Newcastle in the summer becasue of family difficulties.
He;’s in the best form of his career at Newcastle and we’ve always known the former Arsenal youngster had excellent technique.
Isaac Hayden – in action for Newcastle
Isaac has talked about Saturday’s game in some depth and thinks we could have taken more than a point at Bournemouth:
“I thought it was a really good game, a really enjoyable game to play in,” “I don’t know about watching it!”
“I thought the first half was a bit like a basketball game, a bit end-to-end, a little bit immature from both teams, really.”
“It was quite frantic and end-to-end.”
“I thought the point was the least we deserved. We’ve come here, it’s tough conditions, a tough stadium to come to. I think we played some good football, some good stuff.”
“We know that they’ve got quality all around the pitch, a good manager, a good squad. So we knew that they’d be tough opposition, but I thought we gave them a very good game.”
“I think the last few months have helped (the team),”
“We’ve had a few games where we’ve been behind and come back.”
“You can see that even when we were 2-1 down, everyone still believed that we could get an equalizer, and we were pushing forward to get that.”
“Last season, I don’t know if we’d have been able to do that. Last season we came here and were 2-0 up and drew 2-2, so it was a slightly different outcome.”
“We’re not overly happy with a point, but we’ll take it. It’s another step in the right direction.”
“It was a fantastic strike, a really, really good finish and a great ball by Yeds (DeAndre Yedlin).”
“It was a nice way to finish off for him on what was a special day coming back to his old club.”
“Obviously, the point is the main thing, but also the performance – we can take a lot of encouragement from it.”
“I thought we played quite well. There are definitely a lot of positives to take into the game against Arsenal.”
So here’s a player who seems to be thinking long term things at Newcastle.
We really do hope Isaac has a change of mind and can stay at Newcastle while at the same time sorting out the difficulties he has.
He looks an outstanding young player these days and has improved so much since he joined us from Arsenal almost three years ago.
What do you think?