Newcastle are in 5th bottom place in the league table and currently just one point above the drop zone with 12 games left in the season.
Mo Diame has been out for some time with injury, but along with Ki Sung-yueng and Paul Dummett, they are fit again for the run-in to the season – and Muto has returned from playing in the Asian Cup for Japan.
Rafa seems certain he can keep Newcastle in the Premier League this season and our superior goal difference could yet save us this season.
But what we’d like to see is Newcastle go on a winning streak like last year and maybe at least equal last year’s point total of 44 points, although getting to 10th this season could be more difficult.
Mo Diame’s three-year contract runs out in June, and we don’t know if Rafa will keep him at the club.
Mo Diame – sure Newcastle can survive this season
Here’s what Mo has said in ChronicleLive today about Newcastle’s chances of staying up:
“The belief is important. Two weeks ago we showed that we can beat any team.”
“It’s going to be the same. We have to fight together. We need this attitude and team spirit we had last season and this season also.”
“It’s there, we know, and I’m pretty sure we will do it.”
“The team has been working well in the last three games. We need to keep going. The attitude was good. We try to not concede any more in the last minute.”
“I had a crack on my bone in my fifth metatarsal. The Man United game was just my groin, but I was fine after two or three days.”
“At the training during that week, I received a kick on my foot and I had a crack on the bone. That’s why I was away for so long.”
“I’ve been watching them from the stand. I’ve been seeing them work really hard. We got a great win against Man City.”
“The team is still fighting, and we know that we will be fighting until the end. Now I’m here to help, and I will give everything to make sure we get our target.”
Diame has made 22 Premier League appearances for Newcastle this season, and since the summer of 2016, he has made 96 appearances for us with 8 goals and 3 assists.
That’s almost the most he’s played for any of the 5 clubs he has played for in his career.
The most is at Wigan Athletic where he made 103 appearances with 7 goals and 4 assists.
It will be good to have Mo back.