Fans Praise This Player – He’s Our Very Own Claude Makelele


Mo Diame put in another great performance yesterday and we remember in that first half when he chipped the ball over a Huddersfield player’s head and then trapped the ball and played it to a Newcastle player.

What a showoff.

Whoever though Mo was not a first-class footballer will have to eat their words now.

But we simply want Mo to play these last seven games with the same form he has shown all this year.

Mo Diame – playing out of his skin for Newcastle

If he can do that he has a shot at being Player of the Season – wouldn’t that be something!

He’s been massive for us and we have taken 16 points from our 10 league games this year.

Here are some tweets from Geordie fans.


118 comments so far

  • RonVanDam

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:14 AM

    Comment #1

    Since it’s Newcastle, Lascelles is valued at 30m according to the papers. If he was at Chelsea, his sale price would be 60-70m

    I personally wouldn’t sell Lascelles. If the club is sold in the summer, the first thing the new owners should do is offer him a improved contract without a release clause.

    Now that the team has matured with more togetherness, another 3 wins would secure safety. I can see 3 points at Leicester. Anyone know if Slamini is able to play against his parent club?

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  • RonVanDam

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #2

    Ed is slamming out his articles too quick.
    MO is finally fulfilling his potential and understanding his role, something sissoko couldn’t comprehend

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #3

    4 points from the next 4 games should see us safe.

    Then with a bit luck the club could see itself under new ownership.

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  • VanToonMan

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:24 AM

    Comment #4

    Great couple of PL weeks for us lads with our results and the results around us!

    Is 1 more win enough to stay up?

    What should our team for the king power stadium be? It’s a tough place to go! Maybe Merino in the number 10 position?

    Would like to see a triangle midfield of Diame, Shelvey and Merino.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #5

    Aarons on Perez…he works his socks off and create so much space. If only he could stay on his feet more or just create more set pieces he would be a real gem.

    He’s by far the best choice in a position no one has hardly shined! The far cry we had to put ears to during this season for other players to be used in that position was as crazy then as it is now…

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #6

    RVD…if Lascelles was playing for Chelsea he would be a starter at a potential PL title contender instead of a potential relegation contender…you don’t see the difference?

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #7

    I like that comment “It’s almost like Rafa knows more about football than I could ever hope to.” 😀

    Perhaps some of our esteemed contributors who have spent all last season and most of this damning Benitezs rationale, tactics, approach and squad planning, might ponder on that statement. The real pearls of football knowledge were those centred around Rafa setting teams up “too defensively” and yet here we are with the most effective defensive mid , defence and keeper we’ve had in years. We are even afraid our captain will be sold for Carroll money!

    You have to laugh, really. 😐

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:30 AM

    Comment #8

    I’m thinking slimani won’t be eligible rvd

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  • martoon

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #10

    I have to say Leicester are in very good form at the moment so it will be very tough. Any points there will be a bonus but plenty of potential points available from other games we have left.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #11

    The problem with latching on to a made up story about Lascelles is that you glorify the idea on social media. The press pick up that vibe and enhance it, it grows arms and legs and becomes a monster that clubs can’t ignore any longer. Result being we help propagate our own fears and bring them to reality.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #12

    Tsunki,
    We have absolutely battered some teams until the lack of a clinical finisher has took its toll on our young teams confidence. We sit with the best GD outside of the top nine and looking safe, yet still we should have attacked more 😮

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  • RonVanDam

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:38 AM

    Comment #13

    @jesper
    If Soton is able to sell VVD for 70m, I’m sure we can command a similar fee – younger, stronger, reads the game well, organiser and most importantly a commanding presence with leadership skills and he’s English

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #14

    Nothing would be a better ending to the season than reaching forty points by the time we play Arsenal at home and a deal to sell the club wrapped up and signed off in time for the Chelsea game. What a party that day would be.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #15

    There is simply no need to sell our Captain, he’s just signed a new improved deal and as our form without him showed, he is a vital cog in Rafa’s machine.

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  • Optimistic Panda

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #16

    I’d like to think potential buyers are seriously looking at us now, with safety looking to be in the bag barring a disaster .

    I’m hoping that we won’t be selling our best players as our new owner will have real ambition for the club.

    Adios Ashley can’t say it was a pleasure

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #17

    What happens with Lascelles could decide our future. If Knacka sells him, Rafa could decide enough’s enough and walk. Rafa’s building and Lascelles is a massive part of that.
    I can’t see any way Rafa would sanction the sale unless he needs the money, in which case 30m won’t cut it.
    Lascelles himself would be crazy to move yet. He needs at least another season here to develop, because chances are at Chelsea he’ll be further down the pecking order. There’s no way those spoilt brats at Chelsea – who seem to decide who their manager is going to be by whether the play well or not – will accept him as captain. Not a hope. Not at least until he’s an international.
    My advice to Lascelles would be, stay here. Build your reputation even further and then decide your future.
    He needs to be playing regularly. Rafa is making him a better player and he’d be crazy to leave. Give him a pay rise and let him know how important he is here. Plenty time to think about moving yet.

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  • hibbit

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:45 AM

    Comment #18

    i’d take a point at Leicester all day long not going to be an easy game very hard team to break down although they did look as if they had the flip flops on on Saturday !!!

    Slimani is ineligible as part of the loan deal

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #19

    Bobbybee,
    The lad is wealthy beyond his wildest dreams anyway, I think he seems sensible enough to realise he has plenty of time on his side, hopefully we’ll end up with new owners who will pay him the going rate, at least what Everton could afford to pay him anyway. They managed to keep on to Baines for long enough when he was getting touted at crazy prices.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #20

    Jail. Sorry mate, we can’t reach forty points by the time we play Arsenal. 38 maybe, if we win a difficult game at Leicester.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:48 AM

    Comment #21

    hibbit,
    I’m going down there on Saturday and would take a point all day long, how sweet a win would be though.

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #22

    Bobbybee,
    Aye, I meant by beating Arsenal.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Jail – when our very own esteemed critics were bemoaning the defensive posture that Benitezs likes to set up and how negative it is they cites his sackings from other clubs as being justified. Yet for years this club, while suffering two relegations, has had the weakest midfield and leakiest defence and bang average keepers – perhaps now can finally mentally grip the concept of patience, strategy and “the long game”?

    Benitezs morale sapping speciousness, favouritism and lack of warmth toward his charges was backed up by ex-players unsurprisingly buttered-up autobiographies – and yet it’s mainly obvious he backs his team without damning them even in the darkest days and commands respect with a young team more cohesive and with higher morale than any team we’ve fielded in an age.

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  • Jib

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:50 AM

    Comment #24

    In the Premier League, players on loan are not
    permitted to play against the team which holds
    their registration (section 7.2 of rule M.6)

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #25

    Jail, doesn’t matter what money he’s got now mate, £120g a week would tempt anybody. To us, those wages are ludicrous, but footballers are greedy. Human nature it seems.

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  • VanToonMan

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:52 AM

    Comment #26

    Have to agree with some previous posts here if vvd went for £70mill our skipper is worth at least £40-45, if not more given he’s english and younger.

    Hopefully we stay up, get new owners willing to provide a budget circa £100mill and Rafa stays. If that happens then I can’t see Jamaal leaving unless he himself desperately pushed for the move.

    What should be the lineup for king power?

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  • RonVanDam

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #27

    One of the upsides if playing arsenal is we will be playing them 3 days after their Europa match and will depend which players get rested.
    If their first team plays, Aubameyang will test our defence with his speed with Ramsay, ozil and miki spraying the ball around

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:55 AM

    Comment #28

    Slimani 100% can’t play at Leicester. Rules is rules. I reckon a draw at Leicester would be a great result. A win amazing. I’d snap your hand off for a point right now.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #29

    Depends how sensible he is and how much he actually cares about playing football as to why decision he will make. Teams like Chelsea are the graveyard of young talent that shoot for the heavens too soon. Lascelles needs another season or two of commanding performances here. Yes he could be offski in a few years time but he could make a very good living here continuing to learn under Benitez and being at the centre of a forward looking project.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #30

    Hopefully Arsenal will be needing to rest players when they come here. They need to win the European League to qualify for the CL and will definitely prioritise that competition.

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  • RonVanDam

    Apr 2, 2018 at 10:59 AM

    Comment #31

    Lascelles is a type of player Mourinho will go after

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2018 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #32

    If Arsenal lose their Europa cup game, Wenger will be doomed and heads will drop on a failed season, while their fans will be on their backs biting them like crazed chimps. They’ll turn up with their snorkels and Speedos on.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2018 at 11:02 AM

    Comment #33

    Ron – did you not just read what I posted?

    Shhhhhhh man!

    🙂

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #34

    Prediction here. Ron’s “Mourinho interested in Newcastle Captain” shortly to be a story in a major newspaper.

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  • VanToonMan

    Apr 2, 2018 at 11:03 AM

    Comment #35

    I would be devastated if Lascelles went to Man U but with our current setup, you never know.

    I think Jamaal’s interview last week was a potential indicator whereby he was pleading with the board to ensure that Rafa stays and money is spent. i.e. if our existing owner or new owners show real ambition – spending big money (thereby keeping Rafa) then I think Jamaal will stay.

    If that does not happen i.e. another low budget and Rafa even possibly leaving, then he will go.

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  • Bobbybee

    Apr 2, 2018 at 11:05 AM

    Comment #36

    Good win by Birmingham I notice. Totally negated the mackems win at Derby by keeping the gap at five points. 🙂
    I know you shouldn’t mock the afflicted, but imagine if we were there? They were digging at us when we were top of the Championship, let alone bottom. I’ve been generous on my Super Six to day and gone for a bore draw against Sheffield Wednesday. Best they can hope for imo.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 2, 2018 at 11:06 AM

    Comment #37

    Might have legs that one. I bet Mourinho was nodding his head in agreement at jamaals scathing assessment of his team when they played us. Rats.

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  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Apr 2, 2018 at 11:11 AM

    Comment #38

    Jail, the sticking point between Rafa and Ashley is over getting and giving a bit of extra financial help. Rafa arguing his record makes it a decent investment. Why do you assume Rafa can’t turn him around over time? I think the better Rafa does, the more likely he’ll get his way. Not saying he will, but that it’s certainly on the cards. The more successful the side, the more valuable the club, the better the vehicle it is to advertise Ashley’s cheap sportsgear. Unless you think Ashley has a pathological self harming impulse to stifle the club.

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  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Apr 2, 2018 at 11:13 AM

    Comment #39

    It’s great we have you Tsunki to tell us all…along with your elusive sidekick Jail!

    …how lucky we are!

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  • Jib

    Apr 2, 2018 at 11:15 AM

    Comment #40

    Don’t forget everyone

    1600 hours

    Moroccan Botola Pro League

    The Casablanca derby

    RAC Casablanca vs Wydad Casablanca

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