Isaac Hayden will not feature for Newcastle United in the 2022/23 season and the competitions the Magpies feature on. The Toon officially announced a note earlier today in which they detailed the departure of midfielder Hayden, who is about to join Championship-bound Norwich City for next year on a season-long loan.
As reported by Sky Sports Keith Downie, there is a little kirk to it all: Hayden will spend one year on loan in Norwich and after 12 months the Canaries will be forced—as Newcastle and Norwich have agreed is the case—to active a buy clause with which Hayden’s move will be made permanent.
Isaac Hayden has likely played his last match for Newcastle with Norwich having an obligation to make the loan deal permanent.— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) June 7, 2022
Having seen & heard the way he has conducted himself both on the pitch & behind the scenes at the club for the last 6 years, #NUFC are losing a good’un. https://t.co/6tAiG0zeV9
That, as Downie pointed out, means that Hayden has probably played his last games and minutes for Newcastle already and that he won’t come back to the organization barring a catastrophe—won’t happen—during his loan to Norwich.
Hayden spent six years in Tyneside after joining the Magpies from Arsenal in 2016. He is now joining Dean Smith’s relegated side in an effort to help them gain promotion back for the 2023/24 Premier League season. Hayden was left out of October-appointed coach Eddie Howe’s list of 25 Premier League men, so this transaction makes sense considering improvements are expected to join Newcastle through the summer and once the transfer window officially opens on June 10.
While playing for the Toon Hayden appeared in 171 games scoring seven goals over those matches, all of it spanning six years of St James’ Park footie. Hayden is still a young player having turned 27 years of age last March, so his future is still bright and his best year might still be ahead of him as he enters his actual prime as a member of the Norwich organization.
We here at Coming Home Newcastle hope the best for Hayden while on loan and once that one-season deal is over by next summer when he’ll fully become a member of the Canaries. Good luck, Isaac!