Mohamed Diame was signed from Hull City last year, but he had a miserable first season for Newcastle in the Championship, and he is yet to start in the Premier League game for the Magpies.
And he is fresh off an altercation with captain Jamaal Lascelles in a training session.
Jamal apparently kept calling him lazy in a training session until it ended in fisticuffs with Jonjo Shelvey intervening.
Mo Diame – out of form for Newcastle
But Jonjo picked up a broken finger for his efforts, but the playmaker is expected to be available for our next game at Southampton on Sunday afternoon.
This is what Diame has said as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“I just have to be patient and keep working and show at every single training session that I want to play,”
“When I come on, I need to show that I’m ready and I want to play like everyone.”
“Perez is playing very well,” “To be honest, all the team are doing a great effort.”
“We’ve started most of the games with the same eleven, because they have been doing brilliantly.”
“If they are doing brilliantly, it’s good for everyone, because I need to work harder for the team.”
“I’ve got my legs now – my legs are back,” “I’m just waiting.”
“I’m being patient. I have to make sure I’m ready for when the manager needs me.”
“When your moment comes, you have to be ready. That’s the most important thing.”
The 30-year-old scored 4 goals for us last season and has appeared 5 times this season with his only start coming in the 3-2 home defeat by Nottingham Forest in the League Cup.
It would be good if Mo can get back to his best form and his retirement from International football last March should help him to prolong his career.
What do you think?
Personal Update – I have put this on the 3 column desktop edition of the blog as an update to my health:
I was diagnosed with stage 4 prostate cancer in February 2017 and completed four months of chemotherapy in late July and will continue to have hormone treatment.
After having various cat scans and a full bone scan recently, I met with the medical oncologist yesterday for a review of my condition.
The cancer in the bones has stabilized and has not spread further, and my PSA count has decreased significantly to being less than 0.1.
And I am still recovering from some of the side effects of the chemo treatment – mainly severe fatigue and exhaustion.
Stage 4 cancer is not curable so I will continue to have cat scans and bone scans every four months to ensure the disease is not spreading.
I am hoping the hormone treatment will keep working for a while yet and then we will switch to some other treatments that have been developed over the last few years.
But it is as it is and I am doing the very best I can under the circumstances.