Read Newcastle previously stated that Isaac Hayden had a part to play next season, albeit in a supporting role, but Eddie Howe opted to loan the 27-year-old out to Norwich City and Paddy Kenny believes it was the right decision.

Hayden made 14 Premier League appearances this season, scoring one goal. The former England youth international underwent knee surgery in December 2021 and spent the second half of the season on the sidelines.

His last outing for Newcastle came days before Christmas, so it’s not the biggest shock that Howe has moved him on. The 27-year-old had four years remaining on his deal at St James’ Park, but Kenny says he’s played his last game for the Magpies.

He told Football Insider: “This is an important time for Newcastle, they need to build on what Eddie Howe did last season. Hayden, he might be a popular player but they need to go. They have to make room for new signings first and foremost but they also have to move on players who aren’t good enough.”

Hayden could turn his loan permanent at Norwich based on performance-related clauses too, so it’s expected he’ll be a fully-fledged Canary next summer. Norwich were recently relegated from the Premier League, so they’ll no doubt hope having Hayden’s experience will boost their promotion bid.

Kenny added: “He has joined a Championship side which tells you all you need to know. This has been needed for a long time at Newcastle and it’s all part of the exciting times they are having now.”

Hayden joined Newcastle from Arsenal in 2016 and made 171 appearances in all competitions, scoring seven goals with 10 assists.

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