Boss wants Isaac to make Hay against Arse­nal

The Chronicle - - Nufc -

RAFA Ben­itez hopes Ja­maal Las­celles can cap an al­ready mem­o­rable week with three points against Arse­nal.

The New­cas­tle United cap­tain be­came a fa­ther on Tues­day and posted a pic­ture on In­sta­gram with his baby Ja­mari Rai.

Ben­itez hopes the feel­good fac­tor sur­round­ing his cen­tre-back can con­tinue with vic­tory against the Gun­ners.

The United chief told the Chron­i­cle: “He has had a busy week at the be­gin­ning with the baby.

“The last two days he has been fine. He has trained nor­mally and I think he will be OK.”

When asked if this could see Las­celles reach new lev­els of ma­tu­rity, Ben­itez added: “For ev­ery young player they have to re­alise what re­spon­si­bil­ity is about.

“He is now tak­ing care of some­body whom he has to pro­tect over ev­ery­thing.

“It gives him more re­spon­si­bil­ity and some­times this can be quite pos­i­tive for the development of a player.”

Las­celles is in the frame to start against Arse­nal but it re­mains to be seen if he is joined by Jonjo Shelvey and Matt Ritchie. Kenedy is also nurs­ing a groin in­jury.

Ben­itez said: “Kenedy, Shelvey and Ritchie all trained but each one had lit­tle things.

“They were fine on Fri­day and they are in the squad.” RAFA Ben­itez will ask Isaac Hay­den for a lit­tle bit ex­tra this af­ter­noon IF he is given the nod to face his for­mer club.

The for­mer Arse­nal mid­fielder has not been in ac­tion since he was red-carded at Cardiff City fol­low­ing a tricky sum­mer for the Eng­land un­der-21 in­ter­na­tional.

Hay­den wanted to leave Ty­ne­side and move closer to his fam­ily base in Wales but the move was blocked by Ben­itez due to the lack of in­com­ing trans­fer ac­tiv­ity. With Hay­den (left) now back from sus­pen­sion, Ben­itez knows his Arse­nal con­nec­tions could be im­por­tant this week­end. When asked if Hay­den will be fired up for this par­tic­u­lar game, Ben­itez told the Chron­i­cle: “We were talk­ing about that dur­ing the week. It does not change too much but hope­fully if he can play he will give an ex­tra 10% and that could be the dif­fer­ence.”

Ben­itez feels it is healthy to have Hay­den and Sean Longstaff push­ing Jonjo Shelvey and Mo Di­ame, adding: “It is good for him (Hay­den) to be back be­cause the com­pe­ti­tion for places in­creases.”

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