Diame shares details of Benitez call in Newcastle update
By Dominic Toner
Mohamed Diame believes that he must offer more going forward at Newcastle.
The 29-year-old midfielder moved to St James’ Park in the summer and has been a regular in Rafael Benitez’s side, but is yet to cause an attacking threat.
Diame is yet to score in his first 10 appearances for the club and was expected to provide some goals from midfield.
He scored 14 goals in 57 appearances for his former club Hull and will hope to replicate that form with Newcastle.
Diame has explained that he needs to offer more offensively to match his high work rate.
“When Rafa Benitez called for me, he called me for more than I am giving at the moment,” Diame told the official Newcastle website. “As I say, I am still working hard, that’s why I think I am still in the team, but need to give more offensively.”
Diame dropped down to the Championship from newly promoted Hull in the summer.
The Senegalese international has also enjoyed spells with English duo West Ham and Wigan during his English career.
Benitez has preferred to use misfielding pairing Jonjo Shelvey and Jack Colback in midfield, which allows Diame to play in the number 10 role.
Newcastle face Brentford on Saturday in their next Championship game and Diame will be hopeful of registering his first goal for the club.
In other Newcastle news, the club’s fans have reacted on Twitter to news that Steve McClaren is being interviewed at Derby.