Newcastle fans react on Twitter to Hayden return v Leeds
By Matt Farr
Isaac Hayden has returned to the Newcastle starting eleven to face Leeds on Friday – and fans on Twitter are delighted.
The 22-year-old midfielder has featured just once for the title-chasing Championship side since the win over Derby on February 4, having been sidelined with an ankle injury.
But he has been named alongside Jonjo Shelvey in the Newcastle engine room for their upcoming clash with high-flying Leeds.
Newcastle announced their confirmed line-up on their official Twitter account ahead of kick-off.
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) April 14, 2017
Hayden has been a crucial figure for the Magpies this season, earning 23 starts from 28 Championship appearances.
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He has contributed one goal and four assists, and fans are delighted to see him back in action for their side.
Here is a selection of their messages on Twitter:
Great to see Hayden back. Big night required from the front two. Mitro also needs to keep his head as they'll be on him. #nufc
— Matt (@GeordieWalrus) April 14, 2017
hope mbemba and lacellces have a stormer and keep wood quite #nufc think Hayden will be key
— Asa Bartlett (@asabart14) April 14, 2017
Great to see Hayden back ???????????????? #nufc
— Darren Crowe (@crowedar) April 14, 2017
Having Hayden back is a massive boost #nufc
— Kurt Robinson (@Kurt_Robinson) April 14, 2017
Huge game for #NUFC tonight. Great to see Hayden back. Need a big performance from Mitrovic. Just hope he doesn't get himself sent off.
— Minty (@minty_9) April 14, 2017
— Finn (@Finn_Shillitto) April 14, 2017
Shelvey finally has his best-fitting partner alongside him. Hayden's return is massive for the squad.
— Nacho González Rueda (@nacho8gonz) April 14, 2017
Happy hayden is back. Missed him badly in the middle! Mbemba shouldnt be starting tho #nufc
— Rog1986 (@R_N_Rodge86) April 14, 2017
Absolutely huge having Hayden back , gives us a bit of steel in the centre and allows Shelvey to push up!
— Liam Ross (@Liam_Rossy) April 14, 2017
The former Arsenal youngster comes into the side in place of Mo Diame, who drops to the bench as one of two Newcastle changes.
Aleksandar Mitrovic is also named in the starting eleven, as Newcastle seek to overcome an in-form Leeds side without their top goalscorer Dwight Gayle, who is injured.
A win for Newcastle can move them back to within two points of Championship leaders Brighton, who tightened their grip at the top of the table with a win over Wolves on Friday.
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