Isaac Hayden is desperate to leave Newcastle United.
The 23 year old says ‘I have done my bit for the club. I helped the club get promoted and I helped the club stay in the Premier League last season.’
Hayden says that it is down to personal reasons and claims it wasn’t an easy decision to make.
His daughter was born midway through last season and Isaac Hayden believes family must always come first.
It wasn’t difficult to guess that something was up last season, as after starting 14 Premier League matches up to the end of December, the former Arsenal player only made one more start after the new year – at Man City where Rafa played a changed line-up and formation for damage limitation/trying to sneak a point.
Isaac Hayden states that he told the club he wanted to leave as soon as the season was finished. For most of us, it would be a giant leap of faith to believe that Mike Ashley and his minions would be moved by any issues a member of his staff were having in their personal life.
In this total mess of a club, stuck in the middle as usual is Rafa Benitez.
In a summer where Mike Ashley is obviously making life as difficult as possible for the manager to bring any signings in at all, with no transfer budget and doubts even as to just how much of any sale price for players Rafa will get to spend now, his squad is threadbare enough as it is when it comes to players capable of performing in the Premier League.
I think Hayden did a decent job in the Championship but has shown very little so far to suggest he is a first team regular in the top tier, a squad player for me, but a useful one.
Even if Rafa was willing to let him go, you then have the hurdle of Mike Ashley’s insistence on crazy transfer valuations when players are up for sale.
I have seen a lot of reports mentioning Isaac Hayden being valued at £10m but even in today’s market, I don’t see how you could think he is worth more than five or six million.
Isaac Hayden says that if does end up staying he is a professional and will continue to do his best but surely the reality is that keeping unhappy players at a club rarely works out well.
As for the Newcastle fans, I’m guessing most of us will have conflicting emotions. Sympathy for Hayden if there are issues with his daughter and that she appears to be living in London, a few hundred miles away.
However, at the same time fans would say that he knew Newcastle was at the opposite end of the country to where his family are based and that we all know things can come along and interfere in our lives, making them more difficult. Throughout the season players do have time off between matches and I’m sure the club/Rafa would be prepared to allow the player to be away for a couple of days each week.
Many Newcastle fans don’t have any choice and many job demand that people work away all week, or in the case of others are away for months at a time if in the armed forces, or in the merchant navy etc.
Rafa Benitez has been forced to give 20 year old midfielder Sean Longstaff game time in the friendlies and delay his move on loan to Portsmouth, just in case…
Hopefully a solution can be found but if not, maybe they can work towards a January departure and in the meantime Isaac Hayden will be motivated to show on the pitch that he deserves to play, which could also see him earn a move to a decent level team.
“The club know my stance (and I want to leave).
“I spoke to them at the start of the summer.
“I spoke to the manager.
“I spoke to the club.
“I let them know about the situation.
“I have done my bit for the club. I helped the club get promoted and I helped the club stay in the Premier League last season.
“I just hope that they can find a solution to help me with my situation.
“If not, I’m a professional, so I’m going to do my job, but they know my stance. It’s not changed.
“It was definitely a massive ordeal with the birth (of my daughter during last season) and it was difficult in December. That month in December and January was difficult.
“It is about managing the off the field things and getting on with things on the field. I think I did that well enough. It was a tough time, because she wasn’t well when she was born.
“She was in hospital for nearly two weeks in London, so it was difficult to manage the distance and the gap. Obviously, it was worrying times when you’re a dad and your daughter has just been born.
“It (wanting to leave) is a decision I didn’t come to very easily but it was a decision I had to make.
“Football is obviously important to me, but family’s a completely different ball game, and, for me, family takes precedence over football.
“I didn’t want to have to make the decision I made but I felt there was no other alternative.
“I spoke with the club about it at the start of the off-season so they had plenty of time to be aware of it, but things haven’t materialised how I hoped they’d materialise, but like I said, I’m still a professional. Whatever happens at the end of the window, I have to deal with it.
“My stance hasn’t changed…the club know my stance hasn’t changed. It’s just about trying to find a solution which works best for the football club and works best for me.
“I have done my bit over the last two years to get this football club back kind of where it belongs in the top 10 of the Premier League, I just hope they recognise that and help me with a solution.”