This Player Is The Surprise Of The Season

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?

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35 comments so far

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 10, 2018 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #1

    Fair play to big Mo. Very honest! Took him a long time to work out that he needed to get fitter, but he did. At the end we could be reflecting on his stepping up being one of the key differences in our PL survival, when 6 months ago he couldn’t last 60 mins of a game.

  • Jib

    Mar 10, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #2

    jarra mick
    I believe you when you say you won’t be
    renewing your ST.

    However I don’t think it’s for SJP.

    I think it’s for that 48,000 seater
    public toilet on the banks of the Wear

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 10, 2018 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #3


  • jane

    Mar 10, 2018 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #4

    Southampton have drawn 13 matches which is the most in he Premier league and 2 more than the next highest (WBA). they have only won 5 matches which is the second lowest, only WBA have won fewer. they have won 2 away matches which were at WBA last month and Crystal Palace in September so we don’t have a lot to fear. their goals for and against is similar to ours.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 10, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #5

    They are getting found out for several seasons of selling their best players..

  • PK-Norway

    Mar 10, 2018 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #6

    Still cant get over him
    And Shelvey bossing the midfield against
    Man Utd. Hope he continue today.

  • jane

    Mar 10, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #7

    Southampton are hard to beat as they’ve only lost 5 away and 4 of those were to top 5 teams.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #8


  • jane

    Mar 10, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #10

    banal trumps sad loser

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 10, 2018 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #11

    Still unsure if it’s the original Big Mo or his twin, more than happy to retract my criticism of him either way for two reasons.

    1. That he has worked on his fitness and touch if he is the original. 2. If it’s his twin then he had the wisdom to secretly fly his twin in from his home town.

    Either way keep it up MO, we are right behind you and the team.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #12

    Really hope Jonjo is fit to play.

    My outguess Rafa attempt.


    Yedlin Lascelles LeJeune Dummett

    Shelvey Big MO

    Ritchie Perez Kenedy


    3-0 to us

    Wouldn’t be surprised to see Murphy start instead of Kenedy and obviously there’s a question mark over Shelvey in which case it’ll probably be Merino, who needs to get back to his best form.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #13

    And a win today would be a wonderful birthday prezzy for me. 🙂

    And whilst I think of it lets hope there’s a wonderful 2nd Anniversary prezzy for Rafa. Long may you reign at the Toon. 🙂

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    They have shown just a little bit more ambition than Mike Ashley and their owners deserve their lot. I’ve got no idea why they sacked Puel, but it’s been shown to be a bad move.

  • toonincheek

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:29 AM

    Comment #15

    Essex –

    Celebrate your birthday in style BEFORE the game.
    Then later, in even MORE style, when we win.
    You can even celebrate each goal as they go in!

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:32 AM

    Comment #16

    Worst sacking of the PL, no doubt!
    Are you at the game this aft?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #17

    Aye, rough as a badgers arse mind, I don’t think I’ll be posting any player ratings.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:41 AM

    Comment #18

    Might not be too caustic on the blog this afternoon..

    There’ll be a few with their one eye trained on Deepdale at 3pm…salivating in anticipation. MITRO WATCH!

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:45 AM

    Comment #19


    Reaching for that stick to beat Rafa with!

  • Jib

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #20

    Calling other posts banal
    Just has to be the definition
    of pot/kettle/black
    cheeky bastid

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #21


    Aye, my sons never know what to buy me and they were getting fed with with getting bottles of real ale, which I was more than happy with, so I said I quite like Jack Daniels and I’m pleased to say I was presented with a bottle of JD Special Edition White Rabbit last night. I shall have one just before KO in 3 Hours 13 Minutes time and a celebratory one after we’ve won. (no doubt in my mind)

  • hibbit

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #22

    that’s us off to the Toon
    ENJOY it if you can !!!
    good luck toon army

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #23

    Not on the box anywhere as far as I can see so if anyone comes up with a good gettable stream it’d be highly appreciated.

  • sing in the corner

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:53 AM

    Comment #24

    Personally I hope he keeps scoring, a hat trick would be good.

    But it won’t give me a hard on is all.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 10, 2018 at 11:57 AM

    Comment #25

    so lacking in originality as to be obvious and boring.
    “songs with banal, repeated words”
    synonyms: trite, hackneyed, clichéd, platitudinous, vapid, commonplace, ordinary, common, stock, conventional, stereotyped, predictable, overused, overdone, overworked, stale, worn out, time-worn, tired, threadbare, hoary, hack, unimaginative, unoriginal, derivative, uninspired, prosaic, dull, boring, pedestrian, run-of-the-mill, routine, humdrum.

    Wow as an insult it really is strong!! Certainly does beat sad Loser. 🙂

  • bettyswallocks

    Mar 10, 2018 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #26

    Important game today gentlemen. I hope Jesper will be granted permission to watch the match, we’re going to need all the support we can get.

  • RUNAWAY777

    Mar 10, 2018 at 12:25 PM

    Comment #27

    I have a funny feeling we will smash Southampton today I am going 3.0 and 4.1 off to toon for a meal then match lets roar the team on from start to finnish lads.

  • Bladey

    Mar 10, 2018 at 12:26 PM

    Comment #28

    Anybody in your opinion who is thinking of giving up there ST must be a makum
    Is pathetic and insulting to the nufc fan
    You really are a total prat

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 10, 2018 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #29

    I wish I could claim it as my own work.

  • jane

    Mar 10, 2018 at 1:02 PM

    Comment #30

    Jail don’t you like informative facts on your message board?

  • Online Guy

    Mar 10, 2018 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #31

    Jarra Mick

    Your embarrassing the good folk of Jarrow.

    Clearly a Jealous Mackem . Clear off.

    Just travelling to toon… HTL.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 10, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #32

    Essex Geordie
    Happy birthday. Its my birthday too but I hope you have a better day than me, I’m currently bed ridden with sickness!! Hopefully Rafa and the boys can cheer me up a little and give me something celebrate.

  • Online Guy

    Mar 10, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #33


    Your another. Clear off . Spouting nonsense..child.

  • ronaldo aarons

    Mar 10, 2018 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #34

    Any one have news on merino, he was supposed to have gotten a knock last match so we could be without both him and shelvey.

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 10, 2018 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #35

    One hour 23 minutes to ko.

    Where is EGB?


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