Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has revealed that he is not worried about the competition for places that may have to be faced next season.
The 22-year-old Hayden played a key role in defensive midfield for the Magpies last season, helping the team claim the SkyBet Championship and in turn, promotion to the Premier League.
He is however not guaranteed to be the club’s first choice next season considering that Rafa Benitez is looking to recruit a new central midfielder this summer.
Thus far, the Magpies have been linked with moves for Manchester City’s Fernando, Lucas Leiva of Liverpool and Andreas Samaris of Benfica.
When asked about the situation that he may have to face next season, Hayden indicated that he is prepared for a challenge, saying, “I’ve always been in a situation where there’s pressure on playing for the club and pressure on winning and things like that. And the same for competition for places – I’m more than used to that.”