Isaac Hayden did not hide the fact that he wanted to leave Newcastle United last summer and indeed in the January transfer window.
Last month, Hayden was quoted as saying that he was hopeful that ‘a solution’ could be found for him to leave Newcastle due to family reasons.
As it turned out, the 23-year-old stayed with the Magpies beyond the end of the winter window and he has been an ever-present in recent weeks.
Hayden was again impressive against Huddersfield Town on Saturday, with the midfielder providing on assist, boasting a pass success rate of 93% and making four tackles, according to WhoScored.
It might well be that the 6ft 1in ace moves on this summer, but his commitment to the cause simply cannot be questioned.
And following the 2-0 win over Huddersfield at the weekend, a number of Newcastle fans were keen to pay tribute to the Englishman.
A selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
Issac Hayden’s last five games:
61 forward passes
52 backward passes
23 aerial duels won
— NUFC 360 (@NUFC360) February 23, 2019
— john (@haggo28) February 23, 2019
— TheSwedishBeard (@TehSwedishBeard) February 23, 2019
Mad how he’s transformed , best he’s ever been
— Lee Palmer (@lpalmer87) February 23, 2019
He’s really turned things around, shows great professionalism.
— John Mouzon (@JohnMouzon1) February 23, 2019
He needs to move his family up to nufc he has a bright future if he keeps going the way he is
— Wayne more (@Carrollsinger) February 23, 2019
In thought he was fantastic today ?
— Chris Cossey (@Cosseycj) February 23, 2019
He’s putting a decent price tag on himself.
— AB (@aaronbarnes1027) February 23, 2019