Isaac Hayden has been with us since the summer of 2016 when Rafa Benitez went to meet the then Arsenal player somewhere just north of London.
After the meeting, Isaac said he wanted to desperately sign for Newcastle and did.
He’s been an outstanding player for us in both the Championship and in the Premier League.
His performance against Sheffield United in the comeback game was tremendous, and he seemed to be here, there and everywhere.
Isaac put in a transfer request two years ago after his first baby was born to his fiance.
He wanted to be closer to them in the south-west, but that situation may have changed, although, with the three-month break, we really don’t know much about his personal situation.
But he can get even better at Newcastle as a player, if we can sign him up to a new deal to stay at the club.
He’s been with us through thick and thin and loves playing for Newcastle.
So we hope his personal circumstances can be solved for all concerned because he’s highly rated and appreciated by the Newcastle faithful.
Isaac has been talking about how the squad and management have reacted to the long-standing takeover attempt by Amanda Staveley.
If it is successful, it will change everything at the club for the better.
But Isaac (shown above earlier this season) has his feet firmly on the ground as he said this – as reported in the Chronicle today:
“I can’t speak for the other lads, but I think the performances when we switched to a back-four before the lockdown and obviously the performances since we’ve been back – I don’t think anyone’s been affected that I can see.”
“We’ve had a good performance against Sheffield United, a second-game syndrome, leggy performance against Villa.”
“But still got a half-decent result – and then we’re playing arguably one of the best sides in Europe.”
“The lads have been training well, we’ve been in good spirits. The manager and the staff have been in good spirits.”
“I think it’s just a case that it’s out of our hands, we can’t really influence anything so there’s no point getting frustrated about it.”
“We’ve just got to do our job which is to win football matches for Newcastle.”
Some mature comments there from Isaac, who has emerged as a leader at Newcastle over the last four years.