Newcastle United secured a first victory of the season against Watford on Saturday, rising out of the relegation zone by picking up three points.
Ayoze Perez netted the only goal of the game in what was a tough encounter for Rafael Benitez’s side at St. James’ Park and, despite the win ending a run of 10 winless games in the Premier League this season, not everyone managed to impress.
Mohamed Diame was singled out for criticism after the 31-year-old struggled to perform in the win against the Hornets, with plenty identifying that Ki-Sung Yeung performed much better after his introduction in the second half.
As a result, many supporters are now calling for the Senegalese international to be dropped for this weekend’s hosting of Bournemouth as they identified him as a liability. We have gathered some of the best reactions to the experienced midfielder’s display below.
Diamé isn’t good. He was so solid in the second half of last season but has been an absolute nightmare this season. So inconsistent. Always loses the ball in #NUFC’s half & so unaware of his surroundings.
— Aziz Khalil (@azizk47) November 3, 2018
Charlie Nicholas saying Diame stood out on Saturday and was very very impressive?? What on earth was he watching? Misplaced passes all over the place! #NUFC
— Paul (@TheToonReview) November 5, 2018
Much better 2nd half than first. Those two CB’s Shaar and Fernandez were outstanding together. Diame is still a big dopey goon though giving away needless fouls. #nufc
— Mark Burns ???? (@Mark_Burns_NE10) November 3, 2018
Ki has got to be better than Diame. I think it's impossible to be worse #NUFC
— adam (@AdamLittle99) November 3, 2018
Diame’s a midfielder who doesn’t want the ball. That is an issue
— Kia (@Kia_NUFC) November 3, 2018
Ki Seung Yeung the player who is apparently better then Diame and who hasn't been given a chance created the Perez goal. Good on you lad. #NUFC
— QHP (@MystroHypro) November 3, 2018
Things I've learnt today…
Ki is a million times better than Diamè (however Diamè improved when Ki came on)
Schar and Fernandez look class together.
Perez has made me eat my words…again!!!
Class result. #NUFC
— Dean Leybourne (@DeanLeybourne) November 3, 2018
When's the last time Diame has done anything right? Serious question #nufc
— LP (@____LP____) November 3, 2018