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Isaac Hayden says he could leave Newcastle United this week

1 month ago
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Isaac Hayden has been asked if he will still be at St James Park after 5pm on Thursday.

The midfielder’s response was to say ‘I couldn’t answer that question right now’, when speaking to BBC Newcastle.

For family reasons Isaac Hayden has been desperate to leave Newcastle these last three transfer windows but due to the weakness of the squad, hasn’t been allowed to move south to be with his partner and child. His young daughter needing regular follow-up visits after experiencing serious medical problems as a baby.

A transfer to another Premier League club (reported to be Brighton) was even set-up, only for Rafa to have to pull the plug when he was unable to bring in a suitable replacement.

The second half of last season saw Isaac Hayden suddenly look arguably Newcastle’s best outfield player, after looking mediocre at best after promotion, no doubt family worries playing a part.

Newcastle fans have been worried about Hayden and even assumed he would leave this summer. If he was to leave at this late stage then the worry would be that no replacement would be brought in.

Mike Ashley no doubt believing that in Longstaff, Shelvey, Ki, Colback and Saivet there is enough strength there. However, most fans would only see the first three named as Premier League level.

With Steve Bruce seemingly set to play with three central midfielders and five in defence, then Almiron and Joelinton in forward positions, another central midfielder would be essential if Isaac Hayden did end up leaving.

When he (Isaac Hayden) talks about the uncertainty, I’m guessing it all depends on the right offer/club coming in for him at a price that Mike Ashley would accept.

Isaac Hayden speaking to BBC Newcastle and asked if he is staying:

“I couldn’t answer that question right now.

“I think it’s deadline day on Thursday, so you know, in football anything can happen.

“I’m not going to stand here and say to you: ‘This is me, I am 100% staying here’…

“I don’t know what can happen, football is a crazy game…

“But as I have said, I have really enjoyed pre-season.

“I have enjoyed the manager coming in.

“It has been good for me and good for the squad.

“I think especially after the off-season and obviously the uncertainty regarding Rafa Benitez.

“I think with Steve (Bruce) and his staff coming in – because it is not just Steve, his two staff, Clem (Stephen Clemence) and Aggers (Steve Agnew), have been fantastic as well.

“I think everybody is enjoying it and you can see on the pitch that everyone is enjoying playing under them.”

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