Mo Diame is almost certain to start for Newcastle against Manchester United at home on Sunday afternoon in what is another vital game for Newcastle.
Mo has been in some of his best form for a long time in the last couple of months, and he is reviving his Newcastle career with some top performances in central midfield.
With Mikel Merino coming back into full fitness after his back injury there is now some real competition in the center of the park between Diame, Merino, Hayden, and Shelvey.
Mo Diame – playing well in midfield
Mo was asked if this is the best form of his short Newcastle career and this is what he had to say, as reported in the Chronicle:
“Since I arrived, yes.” “I have been working hard to get back to the player I was at West Ham, Wigan, and Hull.”
“It has been difficult since I have been here but I think I am in a good way. I need to make sure I keep playing well week in, week out.”
“I always say it is easier to be facing the game.”
“When you play further forward, you are always facing your own goal and it is more difficult.”
“We are dropping points at home and it is causing a lot of frustration.”
“You can talk about a lot of things but it has happened again and again, and it needs to stop because when we are playing at home it should be a fortress.”
“When we are playing at home we need to get the points we need.”
Mo did not have a particularly good season last season when he was used either on the wing or in the number 10 position, but Rafa is using him more as a holding midfielder this season, and it is paying off.
This is what the manager has said about the former Senegal International midfielder:
“He’s not a proper No 10 like some people think, a small one that can turn.”
“He has more physicality and he was playing as a midfielder in the Championship. He was more a No 10. He did well. I think he scored nine goals.”
“In the Premier League he’s more of a midfielder. When he was playing in Spain he was playing as a holding midfielder.”
“I knew that. In this game, we needed him there, and he did well because he knows the role.”
Mo Diame played 41 games for us last season, and he scored 6 goals.
This season he has 21 appearances and 2 goals, but he wants to add more goals to his game.
And he did score a good goal at Crystal Palace on Sunday and one at West Ham late last year.
It’s excellent we have Mo playing so well, but we need other players to step up to the plate now to help Newcastle avoid relegation.
Rafa has talked about how good things can be – if only we can survive the drop in May.