Surprise NUFC player named in Premier League ‘team of the week’ – & he finally deserves real credit

Newcastle United duo Fabian Schar AND Isaac Hayden have been named in Who Scored’s Premier League team of the week – with ratings of 9.1 and 8.3 respectively.

After two crucial goals and some crucial pieces of defending, it’s no surprise to see Fabian Schar’s name in the side, but some may be surprised to see Hayden selected:

It’s fully deserved in my eyes. He may want out – and he’s sometimes played like a player that didn’t want to be here – but he now appears to have rolled his sleeves up and knuckled down; no matter how badly he wants to leave for personal reasons.

Hayden has often looked a shadow of the player we saw soon after he arrived two summers ago, but he did a great job in the ‘Diame role’, forming a surprisingly effective partnership with youngster Sean Longstaff.

He got stuck in, won several challenges, kept the ball moving better than he has done in the past, won plenty in the air and protected our defence well.

The last time he played against Cardiff he came on as a sub and got sent off after a stupid tackle, showing the body language of a player who didn’t want to be here. But, to his credit, he stuck to his task brilliantly on Saturday and did a solid job for the team, helping us to arguably our biggest win of the season so far.

A move away would suit all parties if we found a replacement between now and the end of the transfer window, but credit where credits due – he didn’t let us down on Saturday.

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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.

2 thoughts on “Surprise NUFC player named in Premier League ‘team of the week’ – & he finally deserves real credit

  1. I always like IH, but he’s more unreliable that Diame and doesn’t have the same upside. A quality player delivers on a reliably regular basis – a quality player is built upon a quality personality, that doesn’t spit the dummy when he doesn’t get his way, or jeopardising the team’s chances by giving away silly frees or getting sent off, which IH has done more than once this campaign. Cardiff made IH look good – enjoy it IH, you won’t get an easier opponent and when the more reliable Diame returns you’ll be back to the bench – still, a good opportunity to showcase yourself for a move at season’s end. A few more performances like that and West Ham will snap your hand off.

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  2. Our midfield of Schär, Longstaff and Hayden were all named in different “team of the week” reports. Garth Crooks had Schär; Shearer had Schär & Longstaff; now the P.L. have Schär & Hayden. So it seems that Rafa has stumbled on his best midfield set up by accident. If Hayden wants away then when Ki returns from the Asian cup he could slide into Hayden’s spot and keep Shelvey as back up.

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