Mo Diame has been little short of a revelation this year as he has nailed down the holding midfield position at Newcastle.
And his form seems to have helped Jonjo Shelvey play a more attacking game for the side and Jonjo has also lately been in top form.
The former Senegal midfielder adds skill and physical presence in the middle of the park for us, and he has shown lately what a good player he can be when his confidence is high.
The team spirit at Newcastle is the best it’s been for a very long time, and Rafa didn’t take long to instill that when he arrived two years ago at St. James’ Park.
Mo Diame – after scoring at Crustal Palace in January in the 1-1 draw
Mo was disappointing last season by his own admission, but he’s now playing really well when it really counts.
This is what Mo has said in the Chronicle today:
“I know what it is like to fight and stay up. I did it for three years at Wigan, for two years with Hull, with West Ham as well.”
“I know what it takes, but a lot of players here are still young. We just need to fight, we know our jobs and what the manager expects from us.”
“The manager keeps telling us we need to fight to stay in this division because every single team can beat every single other team.”
“It’s about keeping your shape, working hard and making as few mistakes as possible.”
“I think games like we played against Stoke away, West Ham away – in these games we kept the shape of our team and that allows us to feel strong together.”
“It’s helped us a lot, but now we must build from this and just keep going.”
“At the start of every season, you have to have targets,”
“Our target was clear: we have been working from the very first game to stay in this division.”
“We have done well so far and we are on track, but still there are eight games left – we need to stay focused and keep working.”
“There is a real fighting spirit that we have built during this season, just like we did in the Championship last year.”
Good words there from Mo.
Rafa Benitez is hoping he doesn’t have some of our International players return injured this week.
There’s news that Matt Ritchie will return to Newcastle early since it’s reported he has picked up an injury.
Not sure how severe the injury is but it’s probably minor.
Mo Diame is showing the experience he has in the Premier League and if we can survive a lot of that will be due to the form of the Senegal International this year.
Keep it up Mo!
Diame has played 25 times (16 starts) this season with two goals and one assist.