Isaac Hayden had yet another excellent game for us yesterday in the 1-1 draw at Brighton and as we know Isaac has been clear he wants to leave the club this summer for family reasons.
But he also seems to have become a leader at the club both on and off the field this year.
He has been a starter since December and has been consistently good since then in the middle of the park for the Magpies.
So much so that if he does finally leave this summer the transfer fee has to be more than £15M – becasue he’s looked so good.
Isaac has spoken highly of Newcastle United, and it’s almost like a message to Mike Ashley about why he should start investing in the club and to keep Rafa Benitez at the helm.
Isaac Hayden – has been brilliant for Newcastle this year
Hayden has said this in the Chronicle today:
“Yeah it’s a relief to achieve survival, I think at the start of the season that was obviously the target.”
“We’ve obviously surpassed that now, we’ve got three games to go.”
“Hopefully, we get as many points as possible, and we can beat our target from last year which was 44 points. “
“There was just relief that we got it over the line as quickly as we did.”
“A club of this stature, the target shouldn’t be just to finish above the relegation zone but at the minute that is where we’re at.”
“We have to deal with that as players, coaching staff and as fans who support the football club but that isn’t the ambition in the dressing room. “
“From a lot of the players we don’t just want to be fighting to beat relegation every season, we want to be as high as possible and getting up towards that top six or top eight positions in the league.”
“It’s a massive achievement when you look at it like that (most points collected since November for a side outside the top six) – I think the fixtures at the start of the season weren’t kind to us.”
“Everyone knew that, but since November we have stuck at it, obviously we’ve had a few bad results here and there, but in the main we’ve been a solid outfit and proved to a lot of people that we are good Premier League side.”
“We’ve proven as a squad now that we are capable of performing in the Premier League on a regular basis around that mid-table mark, but if you want to stretch and get into those higher positions and challenge and compete against the better the teams then you obviously need investment.”
“As players you know that you want to play with better players. You don’t just want to sit here and say ‘we’re happy with what we’ve got,’ we always want to improve and get better, play with better players who come in to improve the team and improve yourself.”
“No one has the right to be a big club, but you have to look at the infrastructure from the football club from 20 or 30 years ago.”
“You have a football club which has a stadium which I think is in top 15 in Europe in terms of capacity, we had 50,000 fans every week in the Championship, we have it in the Premier League, we’ve had it for three years now since I’ve been here – full houses every game.”
“It’s becoming a more global club not just in Europe but around the world with the sponsors that we have now so it is growing with that marketing stature.”
Articulate words from the London lad there – and it all makes perfect sense.