According to The Daily Mail, Crystal Palace are keen on want-away Newcastle star Isaac Hayden this summer, with the midfielder apparently seeking an exit from St James’ Park despite having enjoyed an extended run in the starting XI in 2018/19.
A tough-tackling defensive midfielder who, like Palace, has frustrated Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City this season, Hayden could be a shrewd by for plenty of sides, the Eagles included. Any swoop for the 24-year-old would surely be terminal to Jairo Riedewald’s career at Selhurst Park, though.
Well, The Daily Mail reports that Hayden is set on finding pastures new at the end of the season having remained for one term longer than he wanted to, and his impressive performances at the base of Rafa Benitez’s midfield will surely mean he won’t be short of options.
Newcastle are thought to be demanding in excess of £10m for the enforcer, who has made 24 league appearances this campaign, with Palace’s bitter rivals Brighton and Hertfordshire outfit Watford also interested in acquiring his services.
Standing at 6 ft 2, Hayden is a force to be reckoned with in the middle of the park and would add some extra steel to an already impressive Palace midfield. The former Arsenal man’s arrival at Selhurst Park would surely mean that Riedewald’s career is as good as over as the Dutchman threatens to become a huge waste of potential through no fault of his own.
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The 2017 signing from Ajax has yet to feature for Palace in the league this season but has impressed when given a chance in the cup and, at just 22 years of age, still has plenty of time to blossom into the player Palace surely thought they were buying almost two years ago.
A versatile midfielder who reads the game well and is composed on the ball, Riedewald has looked like a class player when he dons the red and blue and these Palace fans want to see more of him:
Still 22 and has the potential to still have a very good career. He’s a top talent.
— ً (@jfcpfc) April 6, 2019
Riedewald in – Hodgson out
— Gudmundur Gudbergs (@mummigud) April 6, 2019
Hes gonna be so class wherever he goes and im sad
— Meh. (@Mitchtheuntrill) April 25, 2019
How have Palace managed to buy a £9m Ajax Europa Cup finalist level player and not give him a game? It’s the football equivalent of PPI. Scandalous. #riedewald
— CPFCBarbarian (@CPFCBarbarian) May 1, 2019
He was class when given the chance for some reason Roy don’t rate him ❤️???
— ash baldry (@ashbalders) May 2, 2019
Unfortunately, it seems that the hopes of this pro-Riedewald section of the SE25 faithful will be dashed this summer, with any move for Hayden surely spelling the end of the young Dutchman’s career. He’s been left to rot in the reserves for too long and the Newcastle man’s arrival, preceded by the signing of Cheikhou Kouyate last summer, must be the final straw.