Arsenal midfielder Isaac Hayden's struggle at on-loan club Hull City looks set to continue after a potential move to another Championship club fell through. The young midfielder was keen on cutting short his stint at the KC Stadium to return to the Emirates Stadium before moving elsewhere in search of regular first-team football. Steve Bruce, however, has revealed that he could remain with the Tigers until the end of the season.
The 20-year-old midfielder is highly regarded by the coaches in London Colney and they are keen to see him play on a regular basis in the Championship and further his football development. Hayden, however, has struggled for regular game time and has been spending an increased amount of time on the bench. He has made just three starts and six substitute appearances in the league thus far this season.
Arsene Wenger was keen to recall him and send him out on loan to a different club during the ongoing January transfer window, and according to the Hull Daily Mail, Fulham was his potential destination. But the move fell through following the appointment of new manager Slavisa Jokanovic.
Bruce is keen for the midfielder to remain with the club until the end of the season, but has admitted that the player will be allowed to cut short his stint if another club promises more first-team opportunities.
"It's not done and dusted with Isaac. A move for him stuttered and has fallen through at the moment," Bruce told the Hull Daily Mail following their victory over QPR on Friday (1 January).
"He wants to play, the kid, and I can understand that. It's frustrating for him because he wanted to come and play. That opportunity hasn't progressed and as far as we're concerned he stays with us."
"We've got an agreement with Arsenal that if a club can guarantee him first-team football then the boy wants to play," the former Birmingham City manager added.