Isaac Hayden hasn’t written off a move away from Newcastle United this transfer window, as reported by The Northern Echo.
When asked about his future, the 24-year-old replied: “I couldn’t answer that question right now.
“The deadline is Thursday – in football, anything can happen. I am not going to stand here and say, ‘This is me 100 percent staying here’.”
Steve Bruce has claimed that he sees the former Arsenal midfielder as a starting player in his side, according to The Mirror.
Hayden started 21 Premier League games for Newcastle last season, coming on as a substitute four times, scoring once and assisting four times, as per WhoScored.
He was an important player for the club defensively, making 2.9 tackles, 1.6 interceptions and 1.1 clearances per game – which highlights the way in which he protected the Magpies’ backline. Indeed, he finished top in the squad rankings in terms of tackles per game and third when it came to interceptions, so was clearly a major figure.
The Englishman only made 28.8 passes per game with a success rate of 79.4%, though with Bruce claiming he will play a more expansive style of football than Rafael Benitez did, according to The Mirror, this could be set to rise.
He made 0.9 key passes and 0.5 dribbles during the campaign, which is relatively good considering his role was predominantly a defensive one.
Losing Hayden would be a big blow for Newcastle, especially so close to the deadline, as it would leave very little time for the club to find a replacement.
Steve Bruce will surely be hoping he can keep the 24-year-old at St. James’ Park past the transfer window’s culmination when you look at his impact last time out.
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