By Russell Edge
Newcastle United midfielder Mo Diame has admitted that he has to work harder if he wants to break back into the starting XI.
The Senegal midfielder is yet to have started a league game for the club this season, having found himself named on the substitute’s bench for all but one of the matches.
Instead it has been versatile Spanish attacker Ayoze Perez who has taken up the number 10 role that Diame usually occupies, with the former Tenerife man having started every one of the Magpies’ league games so far.
Diame recognises that the form of the 24-year-old, as well as the rest of those named in the starting line up, means that he has to wait for his chance, although surprisingly admitted that he has to work harder to break into the side.
He told the Northern Echo: “When I come on, I need to show that I’m ready and I want to play like everyone.
“I have to make sure I’m ready for when the manager needs me. When your moment comes, you have to be ready.
“All the team are doing a great effort. We’ve started most of the games with the same XI, because they have been doing brilliantly.
“If they are doing brilliantly, it’s good for everyone, because I need to work harder for the team.”
Diame was a regular in the Magpies’ side during their Championship campaign last season, making 41 appearances and scoring six goals across all competitions, with 37 of those outings coming in the league.
The fringe man will have to wait to see if Rafael Benitez hands him a place among the starting XI in the club’s next game, which sees them travel to the south coast to take on Southampton on Sunday.
In other Newcastle United news, the club are set to reignite a move for an international attacker after failing with a bid in summer.