Mo Diame has been working with a personal trainer, and that has helped his form over the last several months, and it’s been very good indeed.
Mo is currently in the holding midfield position in the first team and is keeping Mikel Merino and Isaac Hayden on the sidelines.
Mo has been little less than a revelation this season, and he looks a different player from the one that struggled so much last season in the Championship.
His experience and coolness in the holding role is helping Newcastle, and we are on a decent run of form and results.
Mo Diame – working really hard – using a personal trainer
This is what Mo has said on nufcTV in accepting the Newcastle’s player of the month award for January:
“Everyone knows I was a little bit frustrated with my performance here since I arrived so now to receive this honor is a very good feeling,”
“It gives me the feeling that I have to give more and it will happen more times. I want to be the player I used to be.”
“And I know I didn’t give the best football performances since I’ve been here and that’s been frustrating but the biggest person who has been frustrated has been me.”
“I am working as hard as I can to give a good level.”
“Little things can make the difference like checking what I eat, working harder – I have been with a personal trainer – and working hard in training.”
“Of course I will always listen to the manager and what he is asking me. These are the details that you have to look after.”
Put Diame’s significant rise in form is down to dedication and commitment.
He’s also been brutal on himself about his poor form.
But his example shows what players can do when they really are committed to improving their game.
The good news on Diame is fans knew he was an excellent player and he is finally showing that form at Newcastle.
It’s also coming at the right time as we move towards the final 11 games of the season and a push to safety.