Mo Diame is one of three players in the summer who left clubs in the Premier League to join Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United in the Championship.
Mo left Hull City who he had helped get promoted by scoring that sensational winner after 72 minutes at Wembley that gave them the 1-0 playoff win over Sheffield Wednesday and promotion.
The other two players were Dwight Gayle from Crystal Palace and Matt Richie from Bournemouth and it was a big chance they took because perhaps Newcastle would not come straight back up as many pundits had predicted.
Mo Diame in training
That was especially true when we lost our first two Championship games.
Diame has given a press conference today and he has explained why he couldn’t turn down a big club like Newcastle United when world-class manager Rafa Benitez was at the helm:
“When you have a chance to come to a club like Newcastle and a manager like Rafa Benitez wants you – then you have to accept.”
“New Hull manager Mike Phelan is a good man and the players like him.” “It was important to keep somebody who has the feeling with the players.”
“They started very well and I knew they would be OK at the beginning. They have the fighting spirit and the dressing room stuck together but the Premier League is difficult.”
“I hope they will stay in the Premier League.”
“It’s very good at Newcastle.”
“The team is confident and we know this league is difficult and every game will be difficult, but we have the quality.”
“We will be fine, we will just keep working and stay focused.” “We are close now and there are only two games to get to a final so why not?”
“We are doing well in the Championship, but we also want to do well in the cup.”
It would be terrific if we can win tomorrow night and be in the semi-final of the EFL Cup.
Leeds United play at Liverpool in the other game tomorrow night and then on Wednesday night the other two games are as follows:
Arsenal v Southampton
Manchester United v West Ham United
So it could be that Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and Newcastle reach it to the semi-finals – the big four of English football – obviously.
Maybe we could get one of the weaker sides if we can get through – like Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United?
We need to win this game tomorrow night at Hull to make up for losing on Saturday to lowly Blackburn.