Bournemouth should scout Newcastle star Isaac Hayden as Lewis Cook replacement

Isaac Hayden arrives for the Premier League Match between Newcastle United and Leicester City at St.James' Park on September 29, 2018, in Newcastle upon Tyne, England.

The Magpies man - who reportedly wants a move down south - looks likely to leave in January, while the Cherries are reeling from their midfielder's injury.

Isaac Hayden of Newcastle United (14)  is tackled by Charlie Taylor of Burnley FC (3) and Matthew Lowton of Burnley FC (2) during the Premier League Match between Burnley FC and Newcastle...

As the January transfer window approaches, Isaac Hayden's future at Newcastle United is something that will no doubt crop up in conversation among Toon Army fans.

The 23-year-old has only made four appearances this season for the Magpies for a total of 128 minutes, according to Transfermarkt.

Prior to the Premier League season getting under way, Hayden was reported to have handed a transfer request to Newcastle in hopes of securing a move further south for family reasons (Chronicle Live).

 

Despite purported interest from Brighton, no move materialised in the summer, however, seemingly due to manager Rafael Benitez wanting to keep him on board for the time being as he was not guaranteed a replacement, according to the same outlet.

With academy graduate Sean Longstaff having penned a long-term deal at St James' Park, it appears as though Benitez will look to draft him into action, potentially leaving the door open for Hayden to leave in January.

Over at Bournemouth, the management and players are reeling from the long-term injury to Lewis Cook with a ruptured anterior cruciate ligament, expecting the midfielder to be out for up to nine months.

Lewis Cook of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Arsenal FC at Vitality Stadium on November 25, 2018 in Bournemouth, United Kingdom.

Although not exactly a like-for-like replacement, Hayden has a defensive element to his game much like Cook while also providing forward impetus - though the Magpies man is more of a through-ball or long shot kind of player, while Cook is more of a dribbler.

There might be some tactical tweaking needed from Eddie Howe and his backroom team, but in Hayden they would be getting a young player with a lot of potential - and from a geographical perspective, it would enable the player to be closer to the south-east.

Isaac Hayden of Newcastle in action during the Pre-season friendly between SC Braga and Newcastle on August 1, 2018 in Braga, Portugal.

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