Newcastle United slipped to an away defeat against Crystal Palace on Saturday afternoon in the Premier League – and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter believe that Isaac Hayden’s absence was a contributing factor.
The Magpies were beaten 1-0 at Selhurst Park, with Patrick van Aanholt’s free-kick just before half-time separating the teams.
Valentino Lazaro received a red card in stoppage time for his last-ditch foul on Wilfried Zaha and it was a frustrating match for Steve Bruce’s team.
It means that Newcastle stay seven points above the drop zone in the league table in a fairly decent position, but may still need a couple of victories this season to ensure top-flight survival.
A selection of Newcastle supporters on social media want Hayden recalled to the team to add his extra defensive steel in the midfield.
The 24-year-old usually slots into a defensive midfield role to help protect the backline and has been a regular starter during the campaign.
But the English enforcer has now been named on the bench in back-to-back league matches and was an unused substitute against Palace.
Newcastle host an in-form Burnley next weekend in the league and it will be intriguing to see if Hayden is recalled.
Here are some Newcastle fans on Hayden:
What’s Hayden done to be dropped
— Harry Best (@HarryBestNUFC) February 22, 2020
Get the loan players out! Bring back in Yedlin, Ritchie and Hayden who got us into this position @NUFC
— George Armstrong (@G_Armstrong1) February 22, 2020
Hayden and matty should play in the mid #nufc
— hafiz azman (@hafizzain2) February 22, 2020
Hayden must be scratching his head… arguably our best CM and can’t get a game! Team selection in the last few games has been baffling
— Dobby Solano (@DobbySolanoNUFC) February 22, 2020
I’d put Hayden on, being played through too easily #nufc
— Zaharaddeen Wanka (@Zee530) February 22, 2020
Isaac Hayden has been our best player this season and big Steve drops him again! Some man!! #nufc
— Paddy Coulthard (@CoulthardPaddy) February 22, 2020
Baffles me how Issac Hayden isn’t starting not one defensive minded midfielder on the pitch
— ᴍᴀᴛᴛ (@MRB1892) February 22, 2020
Punished for not playing Hayden. Haven’t got a ball winner in there to break up play. #nufc
— Jack Charlton (@J4CK_NUFC) February 22, 2020