'Utter rubbish', 'Waste of space' - Newcastle fans rage over midfielder's display v Burnley
By Russell Edge
Newcastle United fans have turned to social media to voice their anger at the performance of midfielder Mo Diame during their 1-0 defeat to Burnley on Monday.
The 30-year-old was a surprise name in the starting line up, with regular defensive midfielder Isaac Hayden dropping to the bench and Spanish star Mikel Merino ruled out completely due to a back injury.
It was the Senegalese midfielder’s first league start of the season, having made six substitute appearances so far this season, but the Toon Army were less than impressed with what they saw in the narrow loss and took to Twitter to vent their frustrations.
Here, Football Insider has rounded up a selection of the supporters’ best tweets:
Diabolical effort going forward so far we have been toothless up top.
diame,atsu,Perez,Ritchie,Shelvey all having shockers. #nufc
— mark (@mja1980) October 30, 2017
Hopefully the Merino injury is minor, Diame is not having a good day. Guess he got the nod over Hayden because of his physicality? #NUFC
— chetan chohan (@ChetanChohan7) October 30, 2017
Diame isn't coming back out for the second half, surely? Utter rubbish. #NUFC
— mike stec (@mikepumpkin) October 30, 2017
Watching Joselu and Diame plod around aimlessly in a Newcastle shirt is sucking the life out of me ????
— Alex Cookson (@alex_cookson) October 30, 2017
Diame is shocking. Get him off Rafa.
— Darren Cowan (@darrencowan160) October 30, 2017
Joselu awful, Diame awful #NUFC
— Luke Middlemiss (@LukeMidd1) October 30, 2017
Diame a complete waste of space for me. Has offered us absolutely Zero #NUFC
— David Lackenby (@DLackas4) October 30, 2017
Can we take Diame off? Don't even have to bring anyone on, just take him off #NUFC
— Murray White (@Muzza_90) October 30, 2017
Arriving at the club from Hull City in the summer of 2016, the midfielder, who can operate in the centre of the park or an advanced position, has gone on to 49 appearances for Newcastle, scoring six times and providing a further three assists for his team mates.
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He has 185 Premier League outings under his belt after time with the Tigers and West Ham, with 16 goals and seven assists to his name, while he picked up 35 caps for Senegal before announcing his retirement from international football.
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