It’s going to be an interesting summer for Newcastle, as it’s essential that our team is improved in a number of areas. Our campaign has been up and down at points this term, and without the addition of further quality, we’ll continue to stagnate in the Premier League.
Naturally, the main focus of fans ahead of next season comes by way of signing fresh talent, but it’s also important that the current crop of players at Newcastle remain together, and that’s particularly true of Mo Diame.
According to Lee Ryder of the Chronicle, he needs to play just 3 games before he triggers an automatic 1-year extension to his contract. However, the journalist has also revealed that he’s not getting the feeling that Diame will still be at the club next season – and that just doesn’t make sense.
After all, he’s been an important player for us this term, and having made 21 league starts, it’s evident that he’s valued highly by Rafael Benitez. When he’s played, too, he’s often been a very reliable hand under the Spanish boss; and it makes no sense to lose that.
Not to mention, our midfield depth is lacking as it is, and we can’t rely on the Newcastle brass making a smart summer acquisition in his place. We also can’t just rely on Sean Longstaff all season – we need more depth than that.
His experience, too, is something that can’t be undervalued. He’s been with us for a few years, and at 31-years-old, he’s got years of experience behind him that most of our young squad can’t come close to. If we’re looking to improve as a team, we need the experienced hands to help guide the youngsters.
He’s still got a role to play on the field, and he’ll only grow in significance off the field too. Surely a new deal is an obvious path to go down?