Isaac Hayden must be wondering what he has to do to get in this Newcastle team.
The 24-year-old has started on the bench in the past three games, with Steve Bruce opting for Sean Longstaff and Nabil Bentaleb.
However, the pair are really struggling. In the latest defeat to Crystal Palace, it was clear how little quality we have in the centre of the park.
Bentaleb was particularly poor, wasteful in possession time and time again. As for Longstaff, he’s simply a shadow of the player he was 12 months ago.
The duo provided nothing. Defensively they offered no protection to the centre-backs, while offensively they were unable to provide a crucial pass.
All the while, Hayden remained on the bench. It was baffling that Bruce didn’t change things.
Hayden must be restored to the starting XI against Burnley, as the current pair are really struggling. Ideally, it should be Bentaleb who drops out.
The sooner we can get Jonjo Shelvey and Hayden playing together again the better.
Newcastle fans want Hayden back in the XI
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
Am I the only one wondering how Longstaff stills gets into the team? Another 90 minutes where he’s given nothing. Can’t understand why Hayden is on the bench. #NUFC
— Amy Green (@Amy_1708) February 22, 2020
Someone please tell me what Bentaleb brings to that team? We’re playing the wrong Longstaff, what has Hayden done wrong to be dropped and why can’t we defend and barely muster anything going forward? The luck has well and truly ran out and it’s a long slog to get to 40pts #nufc
— Gary Willis (@GaryWillis1711) February 22, 2020
Duno why Hayden is on the bench baffles me. Lazaro looks a bad player bentaleb offers nothing no game plan be shocked if we stay up
— michael (@michael44791877) February 22, 2020
Steve Bruce not having Isaac Hayden as his first choice CM would be classed as gross misconduct in any other job #NUFC
— Gem (@gems_endgame) February 22, 2020
Absoulty no idea why Hayden isn’t playing…. Bentelab looks like a league one player ffs. Dreadful to watch.
— Kuno 🇮🇳🇳🇴 (@kunoglessi) February 22, 2020