‘Not good enough’ – Some Tottenham fans aren’t too keen on their £20m summer target

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Tottenham are apparently interested in signing the Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden.

According to the Chronicle, West Ham and Crystal Palace are interested in the player as well.

Hayden has been linked with a move away from Newcastle for a while now. The player wants to join a London club so that he can be close to his family.

He wasn’t allowed to leave the club this past season and he will try to get a move this summer.

Hayden has had a good season with Newcastle and he could prove to be a decent squad player for Pochettino’s side.

However, he hasn’t shown the quality needed to play for a title challenging side. If Spurs want to fight for the top honours, they need to sign better players.

As per the report from the Chronicle, Newcastle will look to demand around £20 million for the player this summer.

Tottenham can certainly afford that fee and it will be interesting to see if they make an offer for the player in the coming weeks.

Some of the Tottenham fans have already taken to Twitter to share their thoughts on the potential signing. Here are some of the reactions from earlier.

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Isaac Hayden posts emotional message to Newcastle United fans but then deletes it

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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.

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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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24-year-old admits he wants summer transfer, West Ham ready to launch a bid

24-year-old admits he wants summer transfer, West Ham ready to launch a bid – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden seems desperate to leave the club at the end of this season.

The player has recently admitted that he has spoken to the club about it and he has played his last home game with the Magpies.

Hayden wants to move closer to home and spend more time with his family.

He said: I think I will be going. I have spoken to the club about it and they’ve been open and honest with me. So I’m pretty sure the Liverpool game was my last at home. It’s not what is best for me or my family to be playing here next season and doing all that travelling.”

The 24-year-old midfielder has been in good form for Benitez’s side this season and Newcastle will be gutted to lose him. However, there is no point holding on to someone who is simply not interested in staying.

A permanent move away will be the best solution for all parties here.

As per reports from Daily Star, West Ham are interested in signing the player.

The Hammers could use a long term replacement for Noble and the Newcastle ace would be ideal.

Also, a move to London means that he will be close to his family.

The transfer makes perfect sense in theory but the Hammers need to agree on a fee with Newcastle first.

The Magpies won’t want to lose a good player on a bargain. West Ham might have to cough up around £20m for the 24-year-old.

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Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden confirms verbal agreement to leave

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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.




Isaac 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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‘Outstanding’, ‘Brilliant’ – some fans praise Newcastle midfielder as he nears a summer exit

‘Outstanding’, ‘Brilliant’ – some fans praise Newcastle midfielder as he nears a summer exit – originally posted on Sportslens.com

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After Newcastle’s last-gasp defeat to Liverpool on Saturday evening, Isaac Hayden paid tribute to the club and its supporters while reiterating his desire to leave St James’ Park this summer. The 24-year-old’s contract runs until 2021, but he’s made it clear to Newcastle that he wants out for person reasons.

Hayden says he’s enjoyed his time in the North-East, telling reporters: “It’s been fantastic. I’ve enjoyed every minute of it. My family situation is more important to me at this moment in time. It’s been a pleasure to play for Newcastle United. You never know what the future holds, but it’s been a pleasure to play in front of these fans every other week.”

The midfielder wants to be closer to his family in Wales and handed in a transfer request last summer. United wouldn’t sanction a move, however, so Hayden was forced to stay. His personal situation hasn’t affected his performances though. Hayden has impressed for Newcastle this season and has become an important player under Rafael Benitez.

The 24-year-old seemed surplus to requirements at the start of the campaign, making only two Premier League appearances between August and November, but an injury crisis changed everything. Newcastle lost Jonjo Shelvey, Mohamed Diame and Ki Sung-yueng at the mid-point of the campaign, forcing Benitez to bring Hayden back into the side.

The Englishman impressed and has gone on to play in 20 of Newcastle’s last 21 league outings. United won’t want to let Hayden go after the impact he’s made, but they should honour his wishes. Hayden’s one-year-old daughter has been made to endure five-hour commutes due to him being in Newcastle which isn’t sustainable. He’ll leave with the blessing of supporters this summer.

Stats from Transfermarkt.

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Brighton fans discuss Newcastle United midfielders – Double transfer in summer?

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Newcastle’s visit to Brighton on Saturday has helped ensure almost for certain, that Premier League football will be played at the Amex Stadium next season.

Cardiff’s defeat twinned with Brighton’s point from a strange game of two halves, leaves the Welsh club needing to beat bot Palace at home and Man Utd at Old Trafford to have any chance of surviving.

Not surprising, the thoughts of Brighton fans has now turned to next season and improvements that need to be made.

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One of those is central midfield, where the home side were shocking.

Easy to see why prior to Saturday, the previous seven games had produced no goals, with Chris Hughton’s team repeatedly losing the contest in the middle of the pitch.

Isaac Hayden is still desperate to leave Newcastle for personal reasons and move back down south, he (Hayden) has stated that the past two windows saw a transfer agreed with another Premier League club only for Rafa Benitez to veto it due to Newcastle’s lack of options.

That club has been widely reported to be Brighton.

Jonjo Shelvey was a big talking point for Brighton fans after the game, regarding his merits or otherwise, the Seagulls clearly even more desperate than Newcastle for creativity.

It looks odds on that both Hayden and Shelvey will leave this summer and what odds of them turning up together at Brighton?

It would be a strange feeling seeing them together for a rival club but for probably no more than £30m for the pair it would surely be achievable for the south coast club, especially with the ambition shown by owner Tony Bloom so far to back the manager/club with transfer cash.

As for Newcastle, the lack of urgency in sorting Rafa’s position is delaying any transfer strategy for NUFC. As well as Hayden and Shelvey, Diame looks certain to leave as well.

Which then leaves us in centre midfield with the potential of Sean Longstaff who has only started a handful of senior games so far, plus Ki Sung-yeung who has only a year left on his contract and turns 31 in January.

I’m guessing Newcastle will need to buy at least two central midfielders this summer and both of the standard where they would be expected to be competing for a first team place as soon as they arrive.




Brighton fans commenting via their North Stand Chat message board:

‘Jonjo Shelvey running the show and the sort of player we crave. Him going off changed the game.’

‘Stuart Pearce called this one right. When we were going ultra-defensive and dead slow, offering no threat in their area, he was able to stroll round at walking pace and control the game. Once we upped the anti and started taking it to them in the second half, Rafa took him off.
Knows what he’s doing, does that Rafa fellow…..’

‘Think it’s more to do with tiredness as he hasn’t played much football lately’

‘Seemed like every one of his passes went to Newcastle players in good positions. We have no one with that ability.’

‘Rate him and I’ve heard unsettled up North and wants to return to the south.

Contracted to summer 2021 but I reckon could get him for 18m.’

‘I think Hayden helped him out well.’

‘Hayden sat deep with Shelvey. When he got the ball, if he couldn’t pass it back to a defender (Stephens style), he passed it to Shelvey the quarterback. I’d hate it if we signed him.’

‘Shelvey looked great when we afforded him time and space and he was playing in our half. When we were the dominant team he disappeared.’




‘As soon as I saw Shelvey was in the starting line-up I was worried as it was obvious that our virtually non-contested mid-field would give him all the time and space he needed to ping the ball around at leisure.

Did anyone put in a tackle on him or even close him down? Not sure he was fully fit but pretty sure that he didn’t need to be.’

‘Thought he was excellent and did run the game for an hour. However, we could hardly have made it easier unless I was man marking him.

I can’t vouch for the dickhead bit but I think he would suit our ‘style’. We want to play deep and then play on the counter. A passer with the range of Shelvey would be an asset, if he isn’t sent off first.’

‘There is “something of the night” about him but I’d love him here spraying it around for Andone to get on the end of.

Just pick the right player to partner him.’

Shelvey? Didn’t notice him at all. Presumed he was taken off for lack of involvement. Certainly wouldn’t want him in our midfield. Now Atsu. Bloomin’ glad when he went off.’

‘Shelvy was bang average. Thats why he’s still at Newcastle.’

‘If he signed for us, it wouldn’t be long before Hughton has coached all that positive play out of him.’

‘It isn’t just about today. He has always looked good when we have come up against him. A good player. Better than any of our CM.’




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Newcastle star says has to be investment in better players and do what other clubs are doing

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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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