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Isaac Hayden Seems So Positive About Newcastle

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?

Comments welcome.


7 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 19, 2019 at 2:39 PM

    Comment #1

    Rob Lee:

    I met him once with Alan Shearer many many years ago and he was okay, he just seems to take one step forward and two massive giant steps back

    He seems to want to upset the Geordies, you think he’s doing alright then he comes out with a statement at the end of the season a few years ago, we’re going to invest money, we’re going do this and that, every money we generate, but he never does it.

    I just think, you said a little while ago he’ll be there until the end of the season but he’ll be there much longer than that.

    He won’t sell, I don’t think he wants to sell.

  • chicousa

    Mar 19, 2019 at 2:47 PM

    Comment #2

    Haven’t seen any sign of Belfast on here lately….anyone else know when he was last on?

  • Munster Mag

    Mar 19, 2019 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #3

    This guy seems a serious athlete, great engine on him. And as rafa said, arsenal is a good educating base.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 19, 2019 at 2:56 PM

    Comment #4

    Two things have changed that might persuade Hayden to stay. 1) he’s in the team 2) due to his improvement we might be to offer him a really good contract to stay, whereas before he’d have been lucky to be offered any extra. If we do sell him, my guess is we should get £10m

  • chicousa

    Mar 19, 2019 at 3:02 PM

    Comment #5

    Yeah, for my money Hayden has been the surprise of the season (along with ‘LongSean’). In American sports there is an award usually given each season to the “Most Improved Player”. Isaac would certainly be one of the leading candidates over the entire EPL!

  • Bobbybee

    Mar 19, 2019 at 3:14 PM

    Comment #6

    I can’t see Hayden being able to change his mind now. He insisted – and there’s no reason to doubt it – that the only reason he wanted to move was nothing to do with football reasons – it was entirely personal. He said he wanted to stay but due to his situation at home, he had no option but to ask for a transfer.
    The personal situation is still the same. His family is still further south and still not interested in moving up here, so he’s left with no choice but to move.
    The benefit now to us is that he’s being playing for the first team regularly and is an English PL player. He’s still young and we should be able to cash in on him – hopefully to increase Rafa’s spending power in the summer, but as always, nothings guaranteed. This time last season, we’d have been lucky to get £5-8m for him. Now we can at least double that amount.

  • ZIPPIE57

    Mar 20, 2019 at 7:57 PM

    Comment #7

    massive for us at the moment,hard boy likes a tackle


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