Mohamed Diame is the only outfield player to start every Premier League match this season.

Only the 31 year old midfield and Martin Dubravka making the first eleven for all 11 games.

He believes that now they have broken their duck and beaten Watford, the Newcastle team now deserve to follow that up with another victory against Bournemouth, due to the ‘effort’ they have put in.

Tuesday night brought news that whilst Jamaal Lascelles is back in training and should be available for Bournemouth, Jonjo Shelvey and Yoshinori Muto are both set to be missing.

Mohamed Diame is full of praise for the reaction of the team when ‘things went against is at times against Watford’, the midfielder picking out the three subs in particular as Rafa was forced to use all of his options by the 52nd minute, due to injuries.

Diame has confidence whether Ki or Jonjo Shelvey plays on Saturday.

However, the interesting bit will be when all three are available.

Newcastle fans wanted Ki and Shelvey to be the partnership against Watford in our pre-match poll and with Diame yet again disappointing, that point of view will surely only have grown after Saturday, with Ki ending up man of the match despite only 38 minutes on the pitch.

Mohamed Diame:

“Ki is a quality player.

“Since I have been in the UK, I’ve seen him play before at Swansea and Sunderland, so I know how good he is.

“It’s easy to play with a quality player like him.

“He has a lot of composure, he plays good passes, and he is good for the team.

“Hopefully, we can get another good result against Bournemouth, whether Ki or Jonjo plays, because everybody deserves it – from the players, to the fans, to everyone who works here. We deserve another win for the effort we put in.

“I cannot tell you how important moments like that (the winner going in against Watford) are.

“Definitely this goal just gave us the extra belief and also fitness to finish the game harder.

“You could hear the fans pushing at the end too, that’s the atmosphere we want, and it’s up to us to get them pumped up by performing on the pitch and getting results.

“Things went against us at times against Watford, we had three injuries, but we have to congratulate the players who came on because they did very well.

“But finally we can speak after a win, which is a great feeling, we missed this feeling a lot and we are happy now after this result and can enjoy a good, positive week of training.

“It doesn’t matter how we get the three points, we just have to, and we were happy with how we won the game against Watford.

“Of course I’ve been confident (Newcastle would start winning), football is about confidence, and when you lose a lot of games like we were then the confidence goes down, so it’s not been easy.

“You need character, desire, and people who take responsibility on the pitch. Against Watford we showed that.

“It was a good game for both teams but the luck was on our side and we were happy to get the three points.

“Now we can look forward to playing against Bournemouth at St James Park and we will try to do the same thing.”

“They lost to Man United but we know they are a very good side; they lost to a top team, and they will come to St James Park with self-belief, thinking they can get the positive result.

“Everyone in the squad knows that it is at St James Park where we need to pick up the most points, so, of course it is going to be tough, but we need to go for the three points again and make winning at home a habit again.”



  • 1957

    If those were the character traits used by Benitez to select his team then SloMo would be nowhere near the first XI this season, but as we are often told he trains really well and that seems the major criteria.

    The thought of him getting a contract extension, based on appearances not performances, leaves me cold. SloMo has been the epitome of what is wrong at the football club a player seemingly guaranteed a place at least on the bench regardless of his form since the day he signed.

  • Kenny

    Diame is only in the team as there is nobody else, in normal circumstances he would be out the door with the likes of Perez in January,

    • MadMag83

      Perez? Yeah let’s get rid of one of last season’s top scorers for us, and Saturdays match winner!

      We need to be adding quality to the squad, not getting rid of it. Sign a good number ten in January, and keep Perez as backup for 9/10 positions.

      • Kenny

        5th season, 6 decent months, no wonder we fight the drop every year when people like you are happy with the likes of Perez

        • JohnnyH

          5th season
          117 appearances
          22 goals
          0.19 goals per game or about 1 goal every 5 games
          He’s only one of our top strikers because we’re a low scoring team.

          • MadMag83

            Both of you seem to have missed the key word so I’ll put it into capitals for you both… BACKUP PLAYER….. Doesn’t need to be world class to sit on the bench.

            Secondly, “people like me” aren’t happy with under performing players. Rather it’s the situation we are in. Do you expect Fatso is going to break the bank to bring in a replacement? Would he spend £40-50m on the likes of Sigurdsson? Get real both, everyone would love us to posses better players but it won’t happen whilst Ashley is here. If we sell Perez it will be so sign someone worse.

      • JohnnyH

        He’s averaged 1 goal every 5 games since he came. Are you happy with that?