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Newcastle To Let Midfielder Leave On Free Transfer

Many fans in English football were shocked when Mohamed Diame left newly promoted Hull City to come to the just relegated Newcastle United three years ago.

However, most Newcastle fans were not among them. It made perfect sense to us for the Senegalese international to join Rafa Benitez and his budding revolution.

Even if it was in the Championship – such is the pull of not only Benitez but of Newcastle United Football Club.

Mo Diame joined Newcastle on August 3, 2016.

It was quite a significant transfer for the club as the Senegalese international would provide invaluable experience having just gained promotion with Hull.

He was also expected to make an instant impact for the rebuilt Newcastle squad.

While Diame did play 37 times in the Championship, we found his form to be very inconsistent. He never really found a role that suited him.

While promotion that was achieved and Diame’s experience no doubt was helpful, we expected him to be more of a fringe player in the club’s return to the Premier League.

Mo Diame – will leave on a free in the summer when his contract runs out

That all changed early into Newcastle’s return to top flight football. Playing a more defensive role, Diame finally found his niche in the Newcastle squad.

He became an indispensable cog in the midfield partnering perfectly with Jonjo Shelvey.

There were times he seemed to be channeling N’Golo Kante. Diame’s excellent play was one of the big reasons Newcastle were able to pull away in the second half of the season.

He has been unable to recapture the same form this season though. While starting all of Newcastle’s first 21 games, he failed to have the same impact on the team. Eventually, he ended up losing his place after an injury in early January.

That injury paved the way for the emergence of both Sean Longstaff and Isaac Hayden. Both of these young players kept their places until a knee injury to Longstaff brought an end to the promising midfield pairing.

With Hayden retaining the more defensive role in midfield, Diame has never found his way back into the squad on a consistent basis. He has managed only two starts in seven appearances since returning in February.

Diame will turn 32 next month when his contract will expire. It looks increasingly likely Diame will not get a new contract at Newcastle. He would probably want a 3-year deal and that investment may be better spent elsewhere.

While Diame has had his moments at NUFC, it is looking like this Sunday’s final game of the season will be his last at Newcastle.

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12 comments so far

  • Optimistic Panda

    May 9, 2019 at 6:50 PM

    Comment #1


    Ashley wont be happy about that.

    I’m gonna check Ebay now, Ashley’s bound to be selling Mo’s kit to recoup some money.

  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 6:51 PM

    Comment #2


    Tell me again who bought us last time ?
    You were sure,must have missed it.

    Hiya KBA

  • toon22

    May 9, 2019 at 6:53 PM

    Comment #3

    Nobody believes the sale lie,in the last 12 years he has failed to sell us 7 times iirc

    As a top negotiator his tactics with the Mansours has made him legendary,shame its for the wrong reasons.

  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 7:03 PM

    Comment #4

    22 Ashley has brought much needed stability to the financials of the club. His vision will be appreciated by wise men in times to come.

  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 7:04 PM

    Comment #5

    Would you rather be Leeds or Nufc. Tick tock…

  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 7:06 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s never Ashley’s fault. Yip dead right. Nice and stable, brand now being brought to china. Hopefully a few Chinese signings to get the shirts moving. Good business I say.

  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #7

    Our prudence worked well with almiron. Saved up to 10 mill off the asking price. Well done, shows the teaboy has teeth. Mikey won’t be taken for a ride, I didn’t hear many thank him for getting such a tight deal done. Nice one Mikey nice one son, nice one charnley, let’s have another one. Oh yes.

  • 9

    May 9, 2019 at 7:09 PM

    Comment #8

    To repeat, toon22 @23, a tactic which you may recognise, MA will sell us like a shot just as soon as somebody meets his price.

  • bill

    May 9, 2019 at 7:12 PM

    Comment #9


    Are you serious or having a joke? The financial situation at Newcastle was nothing like at Leeds. You must be very gullible if you think otherwise. Pretty much all clubs run a debt on transfers that are paid over a number of years. Its called amortization.

  • dig-n-dig22

    May 9, 2019 at 7:13 PM

    Comment #10

    Just seen on ITV evening news news , A flight to Madrid on CL final day will be £65 return , A flight to Madrid either side of the final will cost £650 ONE WAY .

  • Munster Mag

    May 9, 2019 at 7:33 PM

    Comment #11

    Bill tick tock. It’s never rafa’s fault :). Leave Mikey alone. We’ll miss him when the venkeys come and rafa is gone to Leeds. Tick tock. Think about the gearing ratios. Think about those managed wage costs. See what ambition did to Leeds. Why can’t we just be a northern Southampton, complete with intelligent young players ideally with good grammar school educations. Mikey laughed at the govt committee. He’s no mug. We should be glad to have a nice brit in charge. Wait till those Saudis come. No thanks, or any orther foreign muck. Tick tock. Play up u northern saints.

  • OneAlanShearer

    May 9, 2019 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #12

    My giddy aunt….our approach to signings is truly unequivocally horrendously rubbish. Rafa wanted almiron 18 months, yes 18 months before we finally managed to sign him. I’m amazed we even managed that.

    We need to do things quickly and at a reasonable price. We have lost countless signings that have increased theor value and proven to be a mistake by penny pinching.

    The clowns don’t want us to sign the players we want. Its a double issue they are both inept and calculating scum bags imho.


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