It’s fair to say Isaac Hayden has had his best season at Newcastle even though he hardly played until December.
At that time we had injuries to Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame – and Ki was headed off to play for South Korea in the Asian Cup.
Hayden partnered local lad Sean Longstaff in the middle of the park and in short, they looked great together and held their own against some of the top six clubs in England – they didn’t look out of place at all.
Isaac Hayden seems to have made great strides this season, and he is still the starter even though Shelvey, Diame, and Ki are all fit and trying to get back into the side.
Isaac Hayden – in action for Newcastle
Hayden has always had the talent, character, and temperament and he will return to the Emirates a much better player than when he left in the summer of 2016.
This is some of what Isaac has said in the Chronicle:
“It’s always nice to go back to the Emirates.”
“It’s a bit different now because they’ve changed the whole regime and I don’t know anybody at the club apart from one or two people.”
“It’ll be nice for family members to go to the game, but we’re just going to try to get the three points.”
“If we get the three points, we’re on 38 points.”
“We just want to get to the safety mark as quickly as possible, and after that see where we can finish.”
“Of course, it’s always a chance to go there and show what you can do.”
“When I left, it wasn’t on bad terms – it was on good terms.”
“I was a young player who wanted to play more regularly and get more football.”
“Obviously, at a club like Arsenal, it’s very difficult, especially when they’re buying in £30M or £40M players.
“You kind of know it’s the time to go.” “I came to another massive club in Newcastle.”
And I’m on the same Premier League platform as them and it’s up to me to show that I’m good enough to be there.”
Hayden may be leaving us this summer to be closer to his family in the south; we’re not sure if things have changed with that over the last few months?
We hope that Isaac has a good game on Monday night and we know how our rivals have fared before the game.
We have 7 games and 21 points to play for before mid-May, and we need two wins to be safe.
What do you think?