Newcastle United took a big step towards their English Premier League survival on Saturday after a strong 3-0 win over Southampton at St James’ Park.
Knowing that defeat would be a massive blow at this stage of the season, Rafa Benitez’s team had to deliver and did just that thanks to goals from Kenedy and Matt Ritchie.
While those two stole the headlines, Magpies supporters can’t stop talking about another midfield star – Mohamed Diame.
The former Senegal international dictated everything in the midfield area, allowing their more creative players to shine and inspiring the victory.
His form over the last couple of months has been huge for Newcastle’s fortunes and fans are hopeful he can carry that into the final eight games of the season and help his team avoid dropping back into the Championship.
Is there a more important player in Benitez’s starting eleven right now?
Supporters took to Twitter to share their thoughts…
— Fordy (@FordyTheGeordie) March 11, 2018
Also Diamé – finally got over his poor form and playing exceptionally. Proved me wrong, looks like the bargain we thought we had #nufc
— Ali Perros (@Ali_Perros) March 11, 2018
Southampton’s starting midfield yesterday cost almost £30m, and they both got bossed by £4m Mo Vier… Diame. #NUFC
— Dan (@Dan96___) March 11, 2018
Aye. If you'd told me in November that Shelvey/Diame would be our best midfield pairing I might have been looking to have you sectioned. Hope the idiots that booed/ironically cheered Diame off v Everton feel suitably foolish…#nufc https://t.co/vFkYqrinaf
— Billy Kingman (@Billy_the_Fish) March 11, 2018
Watching MOTD & just watching Diame .. 1st half of the season he was all over the place but now he has turned things around! Our 2 main players this season is him and Lascelles! #nufc
— Jordon (@greggas90) March 11, 2018
Thought Diame was exceptional yesterday, broke everything up in midfield, put himself about and never stopped working, massive change in fortunes for him on the last half a dozen games #nufc
— Dan'Ratty'Ratcliffe (@Ratcliffe1981) March 11, 2018
I’m also loving how Diame has transformed into Patrick Vieira 😏 and Jonjo with some absolute passing pornography #nufc
— Matt Parkman (@Matthew_Parkman) March 10, 2018
Diame has been very very good lately .. #nufc
— 7HE BEST EVER (@TH3_B3ST_3VER) March 11, 2018