Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has recommitted to the club until the end of the season after not managing to get a transfer away from the club during the January transfer window.
The 23-year-old does not seem to be content with life at St James Park and he handed in a transfer request to the club last summer, as reported by The Chronicle.
Hayden has admitted that he found the January transfer window ‘difficult’ as he had to wait and see whether Newcastle would grant him a transfer before the deadline, they ended up failing to do so.
It is certainly easy to see why the Magpies did not grant the midfielder a transfer.
Newcastle face a relegation battle this season and need as many options in their squad as possible.
Yet again the north east outfit did not have a very promising January transfer window and Hayden already has Premier League experience so keeping him in the squad considering the club’s current situation was the correct decision from their point of view.
Had Rafa Benitez’s club secured a couple of new players it may have been possible for the former Arsenal youth player to leave Newcastle.
Hayden arrived at St James Park from Arsenal in 2016 and has since gone on to make 71 League appearances for the Magpies, scoring three goals.
He has been a fringe player for the club this season and has made just four appearances in the Premier League for Newcastle – but his attitude appears positive moving forward.
“This has been a difficult period. I’ve not really known whether I was going to be staying here for the second part of the season or whether I was going to be going,” he told the Newcastle official website.
“But – as I’ve said – as soon as you cross that white line, everything else doesn’t matter. You’ve got a job to do, and you always want to try and do your best, and show what you’re capable of doing.
“It probably took me a couple of games to get back into my stride but now I feel fit enough, I feel like I’ve had a good run of games – which is what you need – and I just hope that I can help the team until the end of the season, and keep giving 100 per cent.”