If you had told Newcastle United fans last summer that Isaac Hayden would be one of their top performers at this stage of the season they would have had a good chuckle at you. Not only was the midfielder down the pecking order at St James’ Park, the likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Diame ahead of him in Rafael Benitez’s eyes, but he was also looking to seal an exit back down south for personal reasons. However, you can be sure that the Newcastle faithful are loving his performances now, with his display against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon standing out as one of the best on the St James’ Park turf. The 24-year-old’s energy, dynamism and never say die attitude saw him hassle and harass the visitors from London for the entire game and demonstrates why he now looks to be an undroppable member of this starting XI. The Newcastle supporters were over the moon and you can be sure that manager Benitez was too – the only worry is how they replace him when he does eventually leave the club.
Nothing But Newcastle has gathered a selection of the supporters’ tweets:
Whys everyone crying for Shelvey? KI and Hayden have been fantastic #NUFC
— Adam (@adamcampbell941) April 6, 2019
What a first half, Schär is VITAL to how we play. Perez been superb and Hayden has been phenomenal #NUFC
— Joshua (@NUFCJS) April 6, 2019
Half decent first half from #NUFC, Hayden the pick for me – a different player these days. Almiron has been quality as well.
— Steven Medd (@BorisBedd) April 6, 2019
— Joe Slater New (@NufcJoeSlater) April 6, 2019
Hayden having another stormer so far. #NUFC
— David O'Neill (@DavieONeill) April 6, 2019
— Matthew Mohan (@MatthewMohanCNA) April 6, 2019
Hayden has been quite the player so far. Nailing every tackle. #NUFC
— Andrew Musgrove (@ADMusgrove) April 6, 2019