Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden thinks the fact that the Magpies have fielded starting elevens among the youngest in the Championship is easily forgotten amidst the expectations of promotion this season.
Although there are younger squads in the Championship such as Barnsley, Brentford or Wolves who all have an average age below 25, Hayden believes that people need to remember that the Magpies also have younger players that have been learning as the season has progressed. He is quoted by the Chronicle as saying:
“Overall we have a young squad, people can easily forget that. There is plenty of time for us all to improve and I am sure we will. To be in pressure situations like we have been in recent weeks will only help us. Playing in big games, high pressure games, is what every football should want to do.”
There were four players 23 or under in the first team eleven that faced Cardiff City on Friday night, and that does not include players such as captain Jamaal Lascelles (23) and Aleksandar Mitrovic (22) who have also played regularly this season.
There are a number of players in the squad currently like Daryl Murphy, Mo Diame, Yoan Gouffran and Rob Elliot who increase the squad’s overall average age but with the bulk of the first team players such as Matt Ritchie, Dwight Gayle, Paul Dummett, Jonjo Shelvey and Karl Darlow 27 or below, it bodes well for the club’s future, especially if there are hopefully more additions in the summer.