NUFC midfielder drops bombshell on Benitez after handing in shock transfer request – Bad news

Some bad news has emerged for Rafa Benitez today, with the Mirror revealing that Isaac Hayden has now handed in a transfer request at NUFC due to ‘exceptional family reasons’.
The former Arsenal youngster arrived on Tyneside almost exactly two years ago, signing a five-year deal on the 11th July 2016 in the build up to our Championship campaign, however it looks like his time in the north-east could be about to come to an end. 
Here’s what the Mirror have had to say on the situation today, confirming his wish to leave after ‘face-to-face’ talks with Benitez:

Isaac Hayden has asked to leave Newcastle after handing in a transfer request.

Newcastle midfielder Hayden, 23, has spoken face-to-face with Rafa Benitez and stressed his decision is purely for exceptional family reasons.

Hayden has made it clear how much he likes St James’s Park, the club’s fans and has the utmost respect for Newcastle boss Benitez.

But ex-Arsenal trainee Hayden, who was born in Chelmsford, is looking to move further south after putting in the request on Friday.

The club is aware of the issue and Hayden is hoping that he is able to move during this transfer window.

It’s a blow for Benitez and disappointing to hear for Hayden on a personal level. He comes across as a very grounded young player and a great lad, but he’s clearly needing to return down south.

This will create an unexpected transfer headache for Rafa Benitez too. Providing he secures a move away, we’ll now be tasked to find a replacement – with Shelvey, Diame and Ki being the only central midfielders left at the club who are in his plans after Mikel Merino’s exit (Saivet and Colback set to be moved on).

Hayden played a big part in our promotion back to the Premier League , playing 38 times in 2016/17, however he was used far more sparingly last season, with himself and Mikel Merino struggling to force their way into the first team after Diame and Shelvey’s formidable form.

That being said, he’s only 23 and had a bright future ahead of him – although his future looks set to be elsewhere after his request to move back down south.

We wish him all the best and really hope this situation gets sorted out in a way that suits all parties.

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

One thought on “NUFC midfielder drops bombshell on Benitez after handing in shock transfer request – Bad news

  1. Thats fair enough. To be honest, Isaac isn’t exactly at front of queue for team and his loss will hopefully spur Scrooge Ashley to actually finance buying a replacement
    All we’ve seen is outgoing, and free transfers in. Wheres the Premier money going that was promised and NOT delivered last season ? We spent the LEAST of every Prem team. And thats a disgrace


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