Newcastle star says has to be investment in better players and do what other clubs are doing
Rafa Benitez is getting more and more outspoken as the season nears its end and so are many of his players.
The latest is Isaac Hayden, who says a club like Newcastle United shouldn’t be fighting relegation season after season.
Maybe emboldened by the fact that he is set to leave this summer, the midfielder has been willing to speak out about the shambles under Mike Ashley.
Referencing back to the days of Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson, Isaac Hayden says: ‘The whole aspect of it, it has the potential to be a big club but at the minute, but for whatever reason…it is not quite at those levels that it was in the past.’
Obviously the ‘for whatever reason’ is Mike Ashley – but Hayden can’t exactly go that far and name and shame the owner.
However, that is the reality as we all know, the NUFC saying he and the rest of the team want ‘better players who can come in and improve the team and improve yourself.’
Whilst Isaac Hayden wants/needs to leave the club for personal reasons, he is spelling out the reality Mike Ashley doesn’t appear to recognise.
The owner might be happy to see Rafa Benitez move on and refuse to buy Rondon because of his age BUT Newcastle’s best players such as Schar, Dubravka, Lejeune and others, will not be so relaxed and instead think, what is the point of staying on at St James Park?
Isaac Hayden himself has came from nowhere to suddenly be grouped in that small number of better quality players. You wonder if just maybe Mike Ashley does show some ambition and keeps Rafa and allows funding for quality players, then could Isaac Hayden find a way to be able to stay on?
Isaac Hayden talking to NUFC TV:
“A club of this stature, the target should not be just to finish above the relegation zone but at the minute that is where we are 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.
“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 eight positions in the league.
“Since November we have stuck at it, obviously a few bad results here and there, but in the main we have been a solid outfit and proved to a lot of people that we are a good Premier League side.
“Obviously the addition of Miguel Almiron…and I think going forward as a football club we have to start bringing in additions of that stature, otherwise you are not going to compete in the Premier League, because everyone else is doing it.
“We have proved as a squad 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, get into those higher positions and challenge and compete against the better teams, then you obviously need investment.
“You want to play with better players…you don’t just want to sit there and say ‘we are happy with what we have got’, we always want to improve and get better, play with better players who can come in and improve the team and improve yourself.
“You have a football club (in Newcastle United) which has a stadium which I think is in top 15 in Europe in terms of capacity, we had fifty thousand fans every week in the Championship, we have got it in the Premier League, full houses every game.
“The whole aspect of it, it has the potential to be a big club but at the minute, but for whatever reason…it is not quite at those levels that it was in the past. For those things that you need for that, it is something that the players and staff here cannot influence.
“Hopefully, in times to come we can become the club that we were before (in the days of Kevin Keegan and Sir Bobby Robson).”
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