Midfielder Still Too Critical Of Himself – But Deserves A New Deal At Newcastle


We thought Mohamed Diame was a revelation for Newcastle in the second half of last season when he played alongside Jonjo Shelvey and we looked solid in central midfield.

Late last year Rafa switched Mo to the holding midfield position, and he held that starting position for the rest of the season and put in some terrific performances for the side.

It’s the best we have ever seen Diame play although he was excellent when he was at West Ham earlier in his career.

It certainly seems like the former Senegal International giving up International football has helped him, and he is now concentrating only on playing for Newcastle.

Newcastle have a very tough opening to the season, and we play five top six sides in our first 8 games.

Mo Diame – training in Ireland

Mo has been interviewed on nufcTV, and he has talked about the upcoming season:

“All the players need to just focus on getting fit as soon as possible and of course we are working tactically as well.”

“We know the manager is crazy with the tactics so we’re working hard on that point. It’s important everyone gets fit as soon as possible.”

“As we know the start of the season is going to be tough and difficult for us.”

“I would give the team a 10/10 (last season) because the target was to stay up and we did more than that so it was a brilliant season.”

“For myself I will say a 6/10 or 7/10 because I started slowly and not in the way I wanted to start but I finished well and now I want to continue with that.”

“I felt very good at the end of the season.” “It was a target for myself because I know that in the Championship I did not play as I wanted to play.”

“I had a target to start last season well. I wasn’t in the plans of the gaffer for the starting eleven at the start of the season but I kept working to win my place in the starting eleven.”

“I need to keep working hard to stay in the eleven. But I feel I’m in a good position.” 

Mo signed on for us in the summer two years ago from newly promoted Hull City for his release clause of about £4.5M.

He had a mediocre first season down below, but in the last six months of last season, he looked one of our very best players.

Mo signed a three-year deal two years ago, so his contract runs out next summer and we are hoping he will get a new contract before then.

Mo will have a challenge on his hands for the holding position next season from new signing Sung-yueng.

The South Korea captain partnered Shelvey while both were at Swansea in the 2014-2015 season and they played well together when Swansea finished 8th in the Premier League.

But more competition for places at Newcastle is only a good thing for the team.

Comments welcome.


208 comments so far

  • Tosun A. Wobbler

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #1

    Jib….at 31, last post, can’t remember who posted Bladders but I think Spillchucker was responsible. A.I. taking over?

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  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #2

    Harper
    It’s in the Bild which is usually reliable

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  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #3

    Tosun
    Spillchucker
    😀

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #4

    On Rondon the only time he’s ever been
    under a decent manager was Villas Boas
    at Zenit St Petersburg where he was a
    1 goal in 2 games striker.

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  • Harper-NUFC

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #5

    Fair enough, we’ll have to wait and see then if that story turns out to be true.

    Merino came completely under the radar from Dortmund last season, so I’m just hoping another deal with them has been done with Shurrle.

    Some good news wouldn’t go amiss at the minute.

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  • lesh

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:19 PM

    Comment #6

    NY Mag
    The additional wording to the increased wages in the accounts doesn’t make any difference to the fact that the numbers have been doctored to make a point. It’s all legal but…….

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  • lesh

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #7
  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:22 PM

    Comment #8

    We scored 39 goals last season
    (Spurs and ManU about 60)
    If Rondon can net us approaching 20 goals
    with our defence , top six is achievable

    2
  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #9

    Lesh
    His complaint was they didn’t fit
    He was offered a different size
    He’s a bullshitter
    (probably a relative of yours)

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  • Online Guy

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #10

    It seems strange that when a group of people try to bring to light to Ashley and the media that we won’t be taking the creative accountancy and his austerity measures that leave a world class football manager scratching around cap in hand for players any more

    A new group of people trying to effect change for positive reasons.. Positive reasons !

    And you come straight out and ridicule them.

    Somethings not right.

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  • Online Guy

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:37 PM

    Comment #11

    The above at # 10 is to you

    JIB

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  • the ledge

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #12

    online guy @10 spot on

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  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #13

    Boo Hoo
    Pass Online the Kleenex
    Those wonderful noble folk at
    IRGWG having their motives
    questioned – disgraceful

    4
  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #14

    Need to sign around 6 new players otherwise we’ll be in a relegation battle. Sell the following:

    Hayden – £10m
    Ritchie – £15m
    Gayle – £15m
    Dummett – £10m
    Mitrovic – £22m
    Clark – £8m

    Sign:

    Schurrle – £14m
    Goetze – £18m
    Townsend – £18m
    Rondon – £16.5m
    Raphael Guerriero – £16m
    Thiago Maia – Loan
    Loftus Cheek – £20m
    Daniel Sturridge – Loan
    Clement Grenier – £2m
    Leighton Baines – £1m
    Gary Cahill – £8m

    Net spend = £33.5m

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  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #15

    and the Ledge
    Share your hankie
    with the Ledge – Online

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  • Online Guy

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:49 PM

    Comment #16

    JIB

    it seems strange that when a group of people try to bring to light to Ashley and the media that we won’t be taking the creative accountancy and his austerity measures that leave a world class football manager scratching around cap in hand for players any more

    A new group of people trying to effect change for positive reasons.. Positive reasons !

    And you come straight out and ridicule them.

    I actually feel embarrassed and ashamed that an Honourable honest Man as Rafa Benitez is bieng ridiculed in public this way ,

    because that is what Ashley is now doing. I’m Ashamed that we as fans have not risen up yet to do anything about what is clearly happening here. Ashley is in a power struggle with Rafa.

    What kind of Childish owner wont give a manager funds untill he signs a new contract?

    What kind of owner won’t reveal those funds firstly to the manager untill he signs a contract ?

    Say how much Ashley ..the manager will then know weather it’s worthwhile signing the contract.

    Somethings not right.

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  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #17

    Kets
    😛

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  • Ketsbaia9

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:50 PM

    Comment #18

    Need a right back as back up too. I’d sign someone like Alan Hutton for £1m

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  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #19

    whether

    1
  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:52 PM

    Comment #20

    Ketsbaia9
    Need a right back as back up too
    Jamie Carragher’s getting bored with Sky

    1
  • the ledge

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #21

    jib i have me own thanks .

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  • Online Guy

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #22

    Cheers Ledge.

    Some one does something positive and Jib ridicule them straight off

    I mean Does Jib not want the same thing as uz ? A Football club that can compete with the top six ?

    Ashley is running us as a secondary concern, never speaks unless it’s scripted and it’s always lies

    ASHLEY IS TAKING THE PISS.

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  • Online Guy

    Jul 21, 2018 at 4:58 PM

    Comment #23

    Anyway things to do Jib

    Got nowt against you Jib it’s just you fly in the face of what’s right .

    Can’t you see what’s going on Jib ? Don’t back Ash man .. or maybe you don’t and you bring out the anger in us deliberately. ? Light the touch paper ? And bring it all to the fore.

    My theory. Clever.

    3
  • the ledge

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:02 PM

    Comment #24

    jib wants to argue and draw attention to himself by sticking up for ashley he is entitled to his opinion just like kestbia badloser and welshie are.if anyone said hilter was idiot, jib would argue he wasnt and then he would call everone studid and so on.
    when ashley is gone he will change his tune. .

    6
  • the ledge

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #25

    online guy i asked him today to answer a few questions on ashleys regime but he never answered .
    i guess we already know!.

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  • the ledge

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #26

    sorry about spelling jib multitasking here

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  • DaveD1000

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:07 PM

    Comment #27

    Kets
    fml

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  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #28

    Ledge
    You really should learn to scroll back
    I gave quite a detailed answer to your Q about
    getting rid of Ashley

    1
  • NY Mag

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Lesh,

    I’m not suggesting anything illegal has gone on
    just that the assumption its related to a write down of out of flavour players contracts is not correct

    I think its related to (partial) payment of monies owed to HMRC and that there is more to come

    1
  • the ledge

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #30

    oh sorry jib ,you told me what you would do which i agreed with in part ,but you never answered the question i asked

    4
  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:21 PM

    Comment #31

    Ledge
    I did in the first sentence

    1
  • the ledge

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:22 PM

    Comment #32

    what jib every one out of 100 posts is somewhat having a go at ashley .
    what about all the other crap you put up defending him..
    so jib do you think ashley has been good for us?
    do you think he treated keegan well rafa, shearer?
    are you happy with the money rafa has had to spend since he has been here ?
    are you happy with ashleys appointments before rafa?
    what has ashley achieved in your opinion at newcastle?
    these were the questions i was reffering too jib

    4
  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Ledge
    About 50/50 but improving
    They got what they deserved
    No – neither is Rafa and Ashley I suspect
    No – and Ashley regrets them apart from
    McClaren which was a Charnley appointment
    A lot steadier ship than fat Freddy(rip)

    2
  • the ledge

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:31 PM

    Comment #34

    perfect thank jib !

    1
  • DaveD1000

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #35

    It’s like watching the Chase

    0
  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:35 PM

    Comment #36

    If you say I remind you of Mark Labbatt
    I’ll take it as a compliment (apart from the collar size)

    1
  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #37

    Jibs been on the sauce again. Or fat mikes pink cigar

    😆

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:38 PM

    Comment #38

    Jib

    Your more like Old frosty knickers

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  • Jib

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #39

    Jeez you get $50,000 for finishing 38th
    in the British Open
    70th gets $24,175 !!!

    2
  • c-dog

    Jul 21, 2018 at 5:42 PM

    Comment #40

    That’s great to know Jibby. Well done.

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