After hearing what Mohamed Diame has had to say in his latest interview, I have to admit he has gone up a few notches in my estimation.

Whether or not he deserves to be in the team or not at the minute is another question – but the Senegal international midfielder certainly impressed with the brutal honesty of his answers.

With it being a club interview you aren’t exactly expecting any difficult/tricky questions but Mohamed Diame gave some impressive answers despite being fed easy questions.

Back in training after helping Senegal beat Cape Verde 2-0 in a World Cup qualifier, Diame admits that he is lucky to have stayed in the Newcastle team.

The former Hull star stating:When Rafa Benitez called me, he called me for more than I am giving at the moment’.

Mohamed Diame has been given a more or less free role behind Dwight Gayle and many fans have become increasingly agitated that he has kept his place, rather than giving Mitrovic or some other option a try.

To Diame’s credit though he doesn’t pretend that he has been doing enough and says he has to do more going forward to justify his place in the team. Admitting that he thinks he has only hung onto his place by working hard, despite struggling to score or create goals.

Mohamed Diame talking to NUFC TV:

“I am back to training and I have all week to be ready for the next game. We need to get back and work for this important game at home against Brentford because it is important to stop losing points at home.

“Another tough Championship game, every team who comes to Newcastle think they have nothing to lose, they are going to give it everything – so we need to be prepared and ready.

‘You are on a roll now, two wins from two, so must be full of confidence?’

“Definitely – but it is where we want to be, it’s what we want to do, win game after game, so it’s important to have this good run and I hope we continue that.”

‘You have been a big part of that run and on a personal level, you got 10 goals last season and you must be itching to get your first Newcastle goal?’

“Yes, I’m waiting for this, but I’m working hard for the team and I think that is why I am still in the starting eleven. 

“I think I am working hard but now I need to improve offensively and give more for this team.”

‘Still more to come from you?’

“Yes, I think so. 

“When Rafa Benitez called me, he called me for more than I am giving at the moment.

“As I say, I am still working hard, that’s why I think I am still in the team, but need to give more offensively.”

‘Is it difficult having so many games in short space of time after international break?’

“We are professionals, we need to adapt.

“I think we all love playing games, better than training, so happy to play every three days. We rest when we have to rest.”