Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden confirms verbal agreement to leave
Isaac Hayden is on his way out of Newcastle United.
The midfielder saying he is ‘pretty sure’ that he has now played his very last game in black and white at St James Park.
Now 24, Hayden has indicated that he has a verbal agreement to leave the club this summer.
The player putting it bluntly: ‘There is no excuses going into the summer. It is about getting the deal right for the club and for myself.’
Just our luck that a player comes back into the team due to injury, suddenly looks like a real quality Premier League midfielder, yet there is no feasible way of keeping him at the club.
As has been well documented, it is for family reasons that Isaac Hayden wants/needs to be back living/playing in the south. His daughter needing to have specialist ongoing treatment with visits to a hospital down there.
The former Arsenal player stating that the amount of travelling he has done this season, balancing work and family life, is not sustainable.
As he points out himself though, at least Newcastle should benefit financially from this delay, Isaac Hayden having hoped to originally move in summer 2018 and then January 2019.
In the 2017/18 season, Hayden only played once in the Premier League after the turn of the year, in the January 3-1 defeat at Man City.
Then this season saw him only start in the early 2-1 home defeat to former club Arsenal, before then getting his chance against Liverpool on Boxing Day, having now played 19 PL games in a row.
A run of 14 games starting with the 3-0 win over Cardiff in January, saw seven wins, three draws and only four defeats, as Isaac Hayden starred in the team as they reached safety in April.
Most intriguing was when he was paired with Sean Longstaff for eight PL starts before the Geordie midfielder picked up an injury. Newcastle fans seeing potentially a young central midfield pairing that could be a mainstay for years to come.
However, by the time Longstaff is back playing, it looks pretty certain that Hayden will be gone.
The transfer fee and destination will be very interesting.
It was widely reported that a deal had all but been signed off with Brighton, only for it to be postponed/cancelled as Rafa didn’t have a replacement lined up.
No disrespect to Brighton but clubs a few notches further up the scale will surely now be looking at Hayden.
“I think I will be going [this summer].
“I have spoken to the club about it and they have been open and honest with me.
“I’m pretty sure [Saturday’s game against Liverpool] was my last game at home.
“Nothing has changed.
“It is not what is best for me or my family, to be playing here and to be doing the travelling I have done this season.
“It is unfortunate but the club know my stance and have known it for a year now.
“There is no excuses going into the summer.
“It is about getting the deal right for the club and for myself.
“It [Newcastle United] is a fantastic club and you wound’t want to actively try to leave a club when you have 52,000 every home game.
“But for me, I have a daughter and a fiancee, soon to be wife, who I have to put first.
“To me, they are more important than football will ever be.
“Hopefully, something can be done and the club have been quite proactive with that, so I don’t think there will be a problem.
“You could arguably say I’m worth more now than what they would have asked for in January or last summer because I have played a lot more games.”
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