Isaac Hayden posts emotional message to Newcastle United fans but then deletes it
You really know you have a good player, who is playing well, when you start taking them for granted.
That has been Isaac Hayden in the second half of this season.
Even better when a player comes from nowhere and starts playing so well.
After playing in the 3-1 defeat at Manchester City in January 2018, Isaac Hayden started one Premier League match (Arsenal at home in August 2019) before injuries opened the door for him to start at Liverpool on Boxing Day.
The midfielder starting every one of these last 20 PL games of the season, the final 16 of which have delivered 27 points from eight wins, three draws and only five defeats.
Just over an hour after the final whistle yesterday…
Isaac Hayden – 6.12pm 12 May 2019 via Twitter:
“I haven’t been on here since my last tweet (on 18 August 2018).
“I can’t thank you fans enough for the support you have shown me over the season.
“I hope I made my mistake up to you guys and whatever the summer brings.
“It has been a pleasure to play for Newcastle United and for you.”
Isaac Hayden referring to Cardiff away (see his Tweet from then below) on 18 August 2018 when he came on at half-time as an emergency right-back for Javier Manquillo and ended up being red carded after only 20 minutes.
Fair to say that at that point neither he (Isaac Hayden) or any Newcastle fan, could be sitting here now reflecting on a second half of the season, whereby if you now heard he had been called up by England it would sound like the most natural selection you could imagine.
How good can he be?
Sadly, we are not going to find out at close and, unless there is some dramatic change.
For some reason Isaac Hayden has now deleted his post-Fulham Tweet but the fact remains that he has to leave Newcastle United, as he explained in great detail in March to The Times (see below).
You can only wish him well and wonder just what could have been, especially the prospect of Isaac Hayden playing alongside Sean Longstaff for many years at Newcastle United.
They looked very very good together in that short space of time (Sean Longstaff came on as a sub at Liverpool and then made eight PL starts alongside Hayden) but now we will never know.
There is a lot of competition out there but not beyond the realms of possibility that they could one day line up together for England.
For now though we will just thank him for his contribution on and off the pitch (work with the Foundation and Foodbanks etc) and wish Isaac Hayden well.
Family comes first of course, especially in his circumstances, even with our black and white eyes we can see that.
Isaac Hayden – 18 August 2018 via Twitter:
“Have to apologise to everyone for today, was a needless tackle and one that was stupid from me in that circumstance in the game.
“Will learn from it for sure and will be doing my upmost to repair my mistake today, for my teammates,manager and staff and fans in the future.”
Isaac Hayden speaking to The Times – 2 March 2019:
“My fiancée was very, very ill for the whole term of her pregnancy, the whole nine months.
“She was bed-ridden, couldn’t do anything. She was being sick 20-30 times a day. She had hyperemesis gravidarum, the condition that Kate Middleton had. She was going into hospital to be put on drips. She was in Newcastle at that point, but her family is based in the South West, mine’s in Essex and she really had no support. I remember we played Stoke [City] at home and I was at hospital with her at 5am and then played after three hours’ sleep. It was carnage.
“When Adriana was born in December 2017, she was six weeks premature and then she was in neo-natal care. She had problems with her breathing and temperature control. She was in the Portland Hospital in London. While all that was happening, trying to play football was difficult. She’s doing OK now, but there are still a lot of things, little checks and stuff, and we like to use the same hospital for her specific needs.
“They come and see me quite regularly, but I want to be in a place for my daughter to settle down and have a happy home environment and not be moving around too much. Lauren has done an awful lot for me and given up a lot to have a child, especially in the situation we [were in]. Looking back, I don’t know how she did it. She deserves to be in a position where she’s happy, where’s she’s closer to her family and closer to the hospital.”
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