Thu 19 Oct 2023, 12:57 · Ash Harrison

‘Always a dream’: 28-year-old Newcastle loanee has now revealed lofty international ambitions

‘Always a dream’: 28-year-old Newcastle loanee has now revealed lofty international ambitions
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Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden, currently on loan to Belgian side Standard Liege has been speaking about his future,

28-year-old midfielder Isaac Hayden managed to secure a last-minute move away from Newcastle this summer after the English transfer deadline closed as Belgian side Standard Liege swooped in with a loan offer for the former Arsenal man.

Isaac was once a key figure in Newcastle's starting lineup owing to his versatility, but injuries have hampered his career and as such hasn't been able to prove to Eddie Howe that he's good enough to play a part in his new-look team.

Isaac Hayden still has three years left on his Newcastle deal

The problem Newcastle has now is that Hayden was one of the recipients of the long-term contracts that were being handed out by Mike Ashley and as such still has three years remaining on his Newcastle deal.

This has made it very difficult for the Magpies to move him on and why they've had to resort to loan deals in the last two seasons. Last term Isaac was at Norwich City in the Championship where, again, injuries affected the number of appearances he was able to make.

Hayden has made four appearances for Standard Liege so far this season as he looks to get his career back on track.

Hayden told Belgian press that he still dreams of playing for England

He recently spoke to Belgian outlet DH about why he moved to Liege and his international ambitions.

“There were three or four injuries in a row that disturbed me.
“I could stay in the Championship but I wanted a new challenge.

He was asked whether he would consider representing Jamaica at international level as he qualifies via his Jamaican father.

“I don’t see myself arriving in a [Jamaica] selection out of opportunism, I don’t want to take the place of a player who has played all the matches and be able to play a World Cup in his place. It’s always a dream to play for England.”

Those are some pretty lofty goals for a player who can't get into a Premier League team, but we wish him all the best with it.