Mo Diame could be the surprise player for Newcastle this season after he had a disappointing first season on Tyneside after joining us for £4.5M from Hull in the summer of 2016.
Mo was the first to criticize himself when he wasn’t playing well and said he had to improve and that he had been sleeping since he joined Newcastle.
He hired a private trainer earlier this season and got super fit, and it’s paid off because he’s shown the fans just how good he can be – he’s a good footballer.
Mo Diame – after scoring at Crystal Palace
Mo has been interviewed in today’s edition of UNITED and he had this to say:
“Even when it was harder, I always knew that I could give a lot more to this team. I know the player I am,”
“I was the first one who knew that I wasn’t delivering – I wasn’t playing my best football, and I was the first one to know that.”
“I was the first one not happy as well. But I always knew I could get back to my football. I just needed to work, and things will get back.”
“They are hard moments when you’re not playing your best football. I’m 30 now but I still feel that I have no problems physically.”
“I know I can give more, and little things, like a ball I’m losing – I could end up not losing these balls.”
“I could get to the opponents’ area to score more goals or give better assists – there are a lot of things I can improve. I know that.”
“It’s important to always have targets in your life. That’s what can make you improve and make sure you give more and push yourself.”
“If I am saying now that ‘I’m the best, I’m doing these things well’, I will stop there and the only way I can go is down.”
“So I really think I can give more, and I will do everything to do that.”
Diame makes a great point there – once you think you are the finished item or you have reached your zenith – then it’s only downhill from there.
That’s true for whatever profession or job you are in.
It’s like a star player who starts to believe the headlines about himself – he will go downhill with that kind of attitude.
You have to keep your head down with the view that you can always improve.
Mo knows that implicitly and he’s done so well in the last several months to return to his best form for Newcastle.
Good for him.
Now maybe he can score for us this afternoon?