A little over two months ago, Mo Diame was an outcast at St. James’s Park. In fact, the Senegalese star had made just one Premier League appearance for the club during the first three months of the season.
However, Rafael Benitez gave the experienced midfielder a chance in the first team in December and the former West Ham player has been immovable since.
Diame, who is valued at £4.5million by Transfermarkt, was the subject of much condemnation from Newcastle fans prior to his upturn in form over the Christmas period.
In fact, a number of the Toon faithful wanted the 30-year-old to leave the club, after links with a move to Aston Villa surfaced;
I'll pay for his taxi.
— Annie Gill (@AnnieGill4950) November 13, 2017
Good! He’s shockig! Get rid and get someone decent in.
— Andy Stamp (@AndyStamp2) November 13, 2017
Fair to say I'm keen for that too 🙂
— Paul Whyte (@Chalky_Whyte) November 13, 2017
However, Diame’s remarkable turn around in form has been rewarded; the midfielder winning the club’s Player of the Month award for January.
Upon hearing the news of Diame’s award, Newcastle fans took to Twitter to congratulate their player…
Well deserved by big Mo, to have the character to turn his form completely around is an achievement in itself, on top of that he’s just generally been a boss the past few games!
— Ryan (@RyMorris95) February 8, 2018
he’s been a totally different bloke and actually looks really good and dominating when he plays like that
— JS 🐺 (@joshhscott) February 8, 2018
Very deserved! Been brilliant, worked super hard! Well done Mo
— Tommy 👊🏻 (@TommyLeeStrings) February 8, 2018
Well deserved what a turnaround from this guy, after heavy criticism in November. Shown great character to turn in some of his recent displays! Nice one Mo 👌
— Si (@SimonBlaquiere1) February 8, 2018
Fair play we had a go at him when he wasn't playing well but he's put in some great performances of late – deserves the praise 👏
— Leon Cowley (@Cowleyism) February 8, 2018
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