The Toon army were pleased to see some encouraging signs within their side’s performance against league-leaders Manchester City last night…
Rafa Benitez welcomed Pep Guardiola and his rampant Manchester City team to St James’ Park last night knowing his side would need an extraordinary performance to halt The Citizens winning run in the Premier League. For the majority of proceedings, Newcastle chose to make life difficult for City as they settled into a condense, deep-lying unit inside their final-third and hoped to produce a moment of magic on the counter-attack.
Considering the frightening form City are in at this moment in time, it is difficult to blame Benitez for adopting such a defensive approach, even if the tactics contributed to a relatively flat 90 minutes of football.
In the aftermath of the evening fixture, the Toon Army took to Twitter to discuss various aspects of the match, and the individual performance of Mohamed Diame in central midfield has proven to be a hot topic amongst the supporters.
Newcastle’s Senegalese midfielder has struggled to cement his place in Benitez’s starting eleven so far this season, but he has begun to enjoy more first-team opportunities of late.
However, judging by the response to his performance against City on Twitter, the majority of Newcastle supporters would rather see him left on the bench or even out of the match day squad entirely in the future.
Here’s what The Magpies had to say about Diame’s performance on Twitter…
Mo Diame is a special type of awful, mind. And how does Jonjo Shelvey sleep at night, knowing some of the passes he makes?
— Marc Jobling (@MarcJobling) December 27, 2017
If that was Mos bet game for us, he has been worse than I thought in an #NUFC shirt!
— Parcell, Danny L (@Official_DLP23) December 27, 2017
Watching Mo Diame is like watching bambi on ice, he is arguably the worst footballer I’ve had the pleasure of watching and I have a West Brom season ticket #Newcastle
— aaron sharp (@azas_1) December 27, 2017
Mo Diame is just bang average, isn't he? #nufc
— Rocky Pisces (@LOPShinobi) December 27, 2017
How is mo diamè a football player my skin crawls every time he’s in possession
— Dave Ellis (@DaveJEllis9) December 27, 2017
imagine being the best player in the world, and then being dispossessed by mo diame. quit football mate.
— kaz (@kateluery) December 27, 2017
Again, how is Mo Diame a premier league player? Clearly low championship level at best.
— Aeceus (@AeceusSC) December 27, 2017
Some things are absolutely certain in life
Mo Diamé losing the ball
Mo Diame gets paid to play football. Astonishing.
— John Gorman (@DrogsNavan) December 27, 2017
I don’t know what’s worse Mo Diame or Gary Neville’s commentating. #Justawful
— lee cole (@Leec26Lee) December 27, 2017
Mo Diame is the worst player to grace a football field.
— Callum Gough (@CallumGoughDJ) December 27, 2017