Lamine Diatta has a contract only through the end of this season and then Newcastle will need to decide whether they should extend the contract further.
Lamine Diatta – wants to stay at the Tyneside club
In order for Newcastle to judge the Senegal captain we would think he has to have at least a couple of full games, but Kevin rightly is more concerned at the moment in stacking up as many wins as possible.
Indeed, when Stephen Taylor turned up on Saturday, he was quick to put young 20 year-old David Edgar in there, and he repaid the faith shown by Keegan, by a solid performance.
Of course Diatta is vastly experienced, and in the short 10 minutes or so he played on Saturday, he didnâ€™t look at all out of place.
Diatta said today:
â€œIt was my first game, and I was very happy to play. It was a very special atmosphere.â€â€œThe most important thing was the three points, and I was very happy for my team.â€
â€œIt was my first game in the Premier League, and it is a difficult league, but I believe I can help the team.â€
Diatta is a close friend of Faye and fellow countryman Habib Beye, and that may even help him get an extended contract at the club, since both Beye and Faye are the best signings Big Sam made for us last summer. Also Lamine has played with both of them many times for Senegal, and he will know well how they both play.
â€œIâ€™m very happy at the club.â€ â€œI have been made very welcome by my team-mates.â€â€œIâ€™m enjoying the training, and I want to prove myself to the manager.â€
â€œHabib Beye, my Senegal team-mate, has been a great help, as has Abdoulaye Faye.â€
â€œThey have told me what a great club this is, and I want to stay here with them.â€
Lamine certainly seemed very positive with almost everything at the club, which is good. The first team squad has a couple of days off after their exertions on Saturday, but they will be back training tomorrow, ready for a tough game at Fratton Park on Saturday.
Another 3 points against Portsmouth and we should be mathematically safe from relegation and the mood on Tyneside will be elevated even more, in expectation of great times ahead.