Mohamed Diame has not been at his best form for Newcastle this season – not yet anyway.
Mo was signed from Hull for £4.5M in the summer – the figure in the release clause of his contract – and he elected to take a step down in the leagues to join massive Newcastle.
Mo has had a lot of Premier League experience with three years playing for Wigan and three years playing for West Ham in England’s top league.
Yesterday, Mo gave a press conference and spoke to the local papers before Newcastle’s quarter-final tie at Hull tonight when he will play against his old team.
Mohamed Diame in action for Newcastle
The midfielder has admitted openly that he has not been in good form for Newcastle this season and that he needs to wake up:
“I’m not pleased with my performances,”
“I’m disappointed with my start. I know last season was very long and very tough, and was my first in the Championship, so maybe I needed to refresh myself.”
“I need to wake up because I have been sleeping since I got here.”
“I feel it was a long season last year, so I used the international break earlier this month to refresh and see my family back home in Africa.”
“I feel great now, and am convinced what I can give to Newcastle.” “To be honest, I have not played the football I have wanted to play since I’ve been here.”
“The manager will always say he wants more from me, even if I am playing well.” “He is pushing me and telling me he wants more.”
“All the good things will come if I keep working. “Everyone who knows me, realizes my game is about pushing and using my power.”
“But I felt I was always running slowly. I did not recognize myself. Now, I say I am OK. I just needed to work a bit harder.”
“The last game I felt at my best was the Championship play-off final.”
“Like every player, I want to play every game. Sometimes it is OK to go on the bench and watch and refresh, have some rest and get your body right.”
“But now, I will use this game to push and to come back to my best.”
Mo has played 15 times for Newcastle this season and has scored two goals – both in the 6-0 trouncing of Preston the last round of the EFL Cup.
Tonight would be an excellent time to see the best from Mo.
We need to see more of his power and we need more goals from the 32 times capped Senegal International.