Mohamed Diame seems to be a tremendous buy for Newcastle at only £4.5M – only one of the many good players Rafa has brought into Newcastle this summer.
Diame also seems to be a big believer in 21 year-old Aleksandar Mitrovic and after watching him train he can tell the young Serbian is a fighter.
Aleksandar Mitrovic – can be a threat this season
Shown in action against Cheltenham
Certainly Mitro wants to be at Newcastle, since he was one of the very first to say he was going nowhere when we were relegated in May.
Mitro served a four match ban at the beginning of the season and was then injured in the first half against Cheltenham with a concussion in his comeback game – and couldn’t play against Brighton when we had a very good 2-0 win last time out.
Diame is playing in the withdrawn striker role at Newcastle and he will be just behind Mitro if the Serbian is the lone man up front.
This is what Diame has said about the young Serbian in the Chronicle:
“He is a warrior.” “I have watched him train and he’s a real fighter.” “He’s a great player, he will help us a lot.”
“The Championship is tough and hard and we need characters like Mitro.” “We will have to fight with defenders and Mitro will hold up a lot of balls.”
“If I play behind him I will be using him to hold things up and make runs. He will help the team.”
“The new arrivals are good for the team and the spirit, we will use everyone, the league is very long and we’ll need everybody.”
Certainly Diame and Mitrovic can provide a formidable partnership up front for Newcastle this season.
But of course we also have the experienced Daryl Murphy and Dwight Gayle – as well as Ayoze Perez fighting to be strikers up front this season.
So there is tremendous competition for places in Rafa’s new Newcastle team – more than we have seen at Newcastle for a very long time.
That will help the lads perform better when they do get their chance in the first team this season.
We need to hit the goals this season and Diame and Mitrovic are two players who can do just that for us.
What do you think?