Isaac Hayden isn’t exactly the most loved man in Newcastle, and it’s easy to see why. The ex-Arsenal man is still only 23-years-old but has shown that he may never be good enough for the Premier League as he put in yet another shocker last night against Manchester United, and took a lot of the blame for the Red Devils’ second goal.
80' – GOAL – Newcastle United 0 Manchester United 2 (Marcus Rashford) #NUFC
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) January 2, 2019
Rafa Benitez’s side were piling on the pressure as best they could at one end whilst they were 1-0 down with around ten minutes to play. However, the ball fell at the feet of Hayden on the edge of the United box, and with plenty of time to pick a pass or take a shot, he fluffed his lines and took too much time, allowed himself to be caught in possession and United made him pay at the other end.
It’s not the first mistake that Hayden has made that has cost the Magpies this season and it certainly won’t be the last of he keeps getting game time. Last summer he was almost sold as he wanted to leave the club to be closer to his family, yet a move never materialised. A move this window would be close to suicide for Rafa Benitez, though, considering how thin the squad is at St James Park.
You can read the Magpies’ thoughts on Hayden here:
Hayden is an awful player. This is hard to take
— Nana (@obengmckaay) January 2, 2019
Hayden is a championship player should not be playing
— Gary Watson doTERRA (@Oilsthathelp) January 2, 2019
— Ignacio Mesias (@mesias_Ignacio) 2 January 2019
— Calle (@CallexTweet) January 2, 2019
Isaac Hayden is horrendous
— Суэггйнс (@McSweggins__) January 2, 2019
Hayden should be nowhere near first team
— Dan Thomas (@dan_thom) January 2, 2019
— samzala93 (@samzala93) January 2, 2019
Hayden is far from a loved figure at St James Park, and it would be no surprise if the midfielder was allowed to leave in the summer when Benitez can find a suitable replacement.
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