We covered an interview today that Mo Diame gave yesterday when he said he had been sleeping since arriving at Newcastle and that he would need to wake up soon.
Mohamed said he was not pleased with his Newcastle form since arriving from Hull City in the summer for £4.5M.
Rafa Benitez has seen or has been told about those comments and he has reacted to Mo inferring he has not been working hard enough in training.
Mo Diame in action for Newcastle
This what the Newcastle manager has said today in Chronicle Live:
“It is a big night for everyone but obviously Hayden and Diame will come back to Hull and it is an opportunity for them to go back to Hull and do well and enjoy, hopefully.”
“I am sure Diame will do well.”
“I am not very happy with what Diame said, because when he said that, it means he is not working hard, but he is working very hard.”
“Sometimes you can play better, but you have to work hard and he is working hard.” “He has to be a little bit more precise in some situations, with his control or finishing.”
“But in terms of his effort, I am really pleased.” “I like him being honest, but I don’t like a player, when he is working so hard, to say he isn’t.”
“He is working hard and that is it.”
One thing that Rafa made very plain when he arrived ta Newcastle on March 13th this year is that he expects every player to give 100% in training and 100% in the games.
If a player doesn’t give that he will not have a future under Rafa Benitez and will not play – it’s as simple as that.
So Rafa has in some way defended Mo over his own comments today – although the Senegal International was basically saying he needed to shape up quickly with his form for Newcastle and was being self-critical – a fairly innocuous comment.
Maybe Diame will be the star man for us tonight against his former club?
That would be good.