Mo Diame didn’t come on until the start of the second half on Saturday at the London Stadium, but he was our Man of the Match in the 2-0 defeat against the Hammers.
Newcastle lost this game in the first half conceding two poor goals, and when Mo came on at the start of the second half in place of the injured Sean Longstaff, he offered a physical presence in the middle of the park.
Mo got 20% of the vote against one of his former sides.
Newcastle did a lot better in the second half, and with a little luck we could have scored and made a game of it.
Mo Diame – our best player in a 45 minute appearance
Number 9 Salomon Rondon tried his best to get a goal and had several half chances and managed to hit the post with a free kick.
Salomon has become a consistent player under Rafa Benitez, and he nearly always scores or at least goes very near to scoring in every single game he plays these days.
He has 8 goals, and 7 of them have come in the Premier League this season.
Rondon got 18% of the vote and let’s hope we can get him transferred this summer and make him a permanent fixture up front for Newcastle.
Third in the voting was Matt Ritchie who tried his best to keep Newcastle in the game and of course, he gave his usual 100% all-out effort to the Newcastle cause.
Matt has been some signing for Newcastle from the Cherries when he stepped down a league to play for Rafa almost three years ago.
But the extra quality posed by West Ham was the major difference from the previous two successive wins at home to Huddersfield and Burnley.
Let’s hope we can get back to our winning ways on Saturday afternoon when we play a good Everton side at home and hope to make it five successive wins at St. James’ Park.
That would be a great result for us.