Micky Quinn questions Newcastle's decision to keep Isaac Hayden

8 Dec 1997:  Portrait of Trainer Mick Quinn at Southwell Racecourse in England. \ Mandatory Credit: Julian  Herbert

The Newcastle United man was outspoken in his desire to leave St James' Park last month.

Former Mag and Talksport presenter Mick Quinn looks on before the Barclays Premier League match between Aston Villa and Newcastle United at Villa Park on May 7, 2016 in Birmingham, United...

Micky Quinn explained why he finds it strange that Newcastle kept hold of Isaac Hayden during the January transfer, when speaking exclusively to the Chronicle.

The 23-year-old joined the Magpies from Arsenal in the summer of 2016, and he has gone on to make 82 appearances in all competitions for Rafa Benitez's side.

 

Hayden has openly admitted recently that he wants to leave Newcastle, however, citing his desire to move back closer to his family as the main reason as to why.

The Toon ended up keeping the versatile 6ft 2in ace, however, and Quinn explained why that decision could come back to bite Rafa Benitez, when speaking exclusively to the Chronicle:

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.

"Isaac Hayden remained at the club despite wanting to leave for family reasons. It will always be in the back of people's minds when you are in the trenches and when you are trying to dig out a result, where you will be thinking whether a player who has said he wanted to leave will really want to dig that deep for the team. His performances have been indifferent and when it comes to the crunch you want players who want to play for Newcastle United."

Benitez suggested that he kept Hayden due to a lack of options in central midfield, so should Newcastle sign someone in that position in the summer, it will surely only be a matter of time before the 23-year-old is granted his wish to leave Tyneside.

Until that happens, though, the former Arsenal academy graduate remains very much a Magpies player, and he will be expected to give 100 per cent whenever he puts on the famous black and white stripes.

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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