Isaac Hayden has told The Times that he is in “limbo” at Newcastle United, as he confirms that he still wants to leave the club. But he gives a more than reasonable explanation as to why.
The 23-year-old has been in excellent form of late, forming a superb partnership with youngster Sean Longstaff. The duo have helped Newcastle win four of their last six league games.
But Hayden has looked to leave Newcastle in the past two transfer windows. That desire remains, but his reasons for doing so are more than acceptable – and that is to be a father to his daughter.
Adriana was born in December 2017. His wife, Lauren, suffered throughout the pregnancy with hyperemesis gravidarum, the condition that Kate Middleton had. He wants to return down south to finally be closer to his family.
“She was bed-ridden, couldn’t do anything. She was being sick 20-30 times a day,” Hayden said. “She [Adriana] was six weeks premature. She had ongoing problems with her breathing and temperature control.
“They come and see me quite regularly, but I want to be in a place for my daughter to settle down and have a happy home environment and not be moving around too much.
“People will say, ‘you earn thousands of pounds a week, you’re an hour’s flight away from your child, what’s the problem’, but the whole point of being a Dad is to be there. Limbo is the word.”
Newcastle will be desperate to keep Hayden, despite a tumultuous time since his £2.5million move to Newcastle (Northern Echo). He is in the form of his life.
Along with an intricate array of passing and combative displays in midfield, it is Hayden’s efforts in attack. The ex-Hull City man has scored once and created three more in his last six games.
Although it would be tough for Newcastle to see him go, footballers have lives too. It is right for Hayden to leave.