Isaac Hayden reveals why he has '˜no complaints' about bench duty at Newcastle
Isaac Hayden says he has no complaints about a lack of game time at Newcastle United '“ because of the form of Jonjo Shelvey and Mohamed Diame.
Hayden has found his opportunities limited in recent months.
Shelvey and Diame have formed a midfield partnership combining precision and power which has been a big factor in the club’s upturn in results this season.
And Hayden has been supporting his team-mates from the sidelines.
“Obviously, I’d have liked more of them to be starts, but the team’s been doing really well in 2018, so I’ve had to be quite patient, keep working hard and try to get as many opportunities as I can,” said Hayden, speaking ahead of Saturday’s home game against West Bromwich Albion.
“But I’ve still played my part in some matches, and hopefully I can add to those 25 appearances before the season’s out.
“As a team player, you want the team to do well. Obviously, it’s detrimental to yourself on a personal level, but, on a team level, you can’t really complain. So it’s just about supporting the boys, working as hard as you can in training and pushing the lads who are starting to keep their good form up.
“If you do get the opportunity to play, you have to make sure that you help the team in the best way possible, which I’ve done so far.”
Benitez plans to assess some players who haven’t had much game time in the club’s remaining four Premier League games.
“I’ll be trying my best to get as many minutes as possible and to help get the team as high up the table as possible,” Hayden told NUFC TV. “Hopefully, we can finish in the top 10.”