Date: 20th August 2018 at 5:00pm
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To say that Mo Diame is a divisive figure would be an understatement. Some fans can appreciate his ability to tackle and to offer a physical presence in the middle of the pitch, but others are frustrated by his inconsistency on the ball.

The signing of Ki Sung-Yueng on a free transfer from Swansea in the summer led many to believe that the South Korean would be selected ahead of the Senegalese, especially as he played alongside Jonjo Shelvey when the pair were at the Welsh club.

During that 2014/15 campaign, the pair struck up a good understanding. Ki scored eight goals while Jonjo scored three and provided six assists. It was a fruitful partnership. On Twitter, some are keen to replace Diame with the new summer addition:

Others don’t believe that our no.10’s exploits last season should be so easily forgotten:

It’s an interesting debate. Personally, I believe it depends on our opponents. I would have stuck with Diame against Cardiff due to his physicality. However, against opponents who may sit back against us at home, Ki would be the better option for me.

His passing range is decent, and he was brought in as a replacement for Mikel Merino so it would be good to see how he performs compared to the Spaniard.

 

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