Barnsley have named the Newcastle United player they fear on Sunday.
The visitors attempting to derail NUFC’s attempts to end the season as champions.
The identity of Newcastle’s star man may surprise you just a little…
In the absence of Gayle and Ritchie, the official Barnsley website has picked out Mohamed Diame!
Yes, with three Championship goals and three assists all season, despite playing in the free role behind the main striker, Diame has been picked out.
According to the Barnsley end of things, Mohamed Diame has played a ‘starring role for the Toon Army this season’. Hmmm.
In reality of course, Diame must go down as one of the biggest disappointments of the season, with the midfielder paying Rafa back in peanuts after the Newcastle boss put so much faith in him with a big contract last summer for a player who turns 30 this summer.
Apparently, Mohamed Diame’s ‘ability to link midfield and attack have been key to Newcastle’s success’.
I must have missed that game!
Official Barnsley website:
‘Their Star Man
The powerful midfielder’s arrival at St. James’ Park raised more than a few eyebrows last August, with the Senegal international leaving Hull – who had just won promotion to the Premier League – to join Rafael Benitez’s new-look outfit.
After playing a starring role for the Toon Army this season however and with Hull in a desperate scrap to avoid relegation, the 29-year-old will feel his decision has been more than justified.
Although he has only netted six and assisted three for Benitez’s side this term, Diame’s energy, as well as his ability to link midfield and attack have been key to Newcastle’s success.
The French born midfield maestro has already proved he can cut it in the top flight with Wigan, West Ham and Hull and he will be determined to put in another big performance on Sunday to ensure his new side enters the Premier League as champions. ‘
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