Mo Diame has been consistent – consistently good – in the last few months playing in defensive midfield.
And Jonjo Shelvey and Mo dominated the midfield last time out in the fabulous 1-0 home win against Manchester United – our first home win since way back last October.
Diame struggled when he first came to Newcastle 18 months ago, and he didn’t have a particularly effective season down below last term.
But he has always been honest and admitted he was not playing well and that he had to wake up.
Well, it seems he has now done that and has been a revelation for Newcastle in the last few months with his expert play in the middle of the park.
Mo Diame – has been a revelation for us these last few months
Mo also has Premier League experience, so that’s also helping the Newcastle side.
The 30-year-old former West Ham player also retired from international football (Senegal) last year to concentrate on his club career at Newcastle, and that could also be starting to pay off.
He has been asked about his improved form, and this is what he has said as reported in the Shields Gazette today:
“As I’ve said before, it wasn’t easy for me, but I kept working, and I feel better every game.”
“Hopefully, I can be a regular for the rest of the season and give a good performance.”
“You need to work hard in training and make it a difficult choice for the manager as to who makes his starting eleven.”
“We need to keep working to stay focused because it’s going to be a big fight until the end.”
“With this result, we go there confident. “Every game we play, we’re going there to win.”
“It doesn’t matter who we play against, we need to keep our shape and the way we are working hard in training and in the game.”
The last time we played at the Vitality Stadium (Dean Court) was in 2015 when we luckily won the game 1-0, thanks to five world-class saves from goalkeeper Rob Elliot.
That was probably Rob’s best ever performance for Newcastle, and he really was the player who beat the Cherries that day.
We are now just as desperate for all 3 points, as we are only 2 points above the drop zone and only 3 points behind Bournemouth, who are in 10th place.
A win would see us go above Bournemouth on goal difference and that’s what we are hoping for.
And the Cherries beat us at home 1-0 with that late stoppage-time winner last year and that was the first time Rafa has played against Eddie Howe – one of the best young coaches in the game.
Rafa will want to even the score on Saturday, and if we can do that we’ll have 12 points from our last 7 league games.
Hopefully, Mo Diame can have another excellent game in midfield for us – and that will definitely help.