Resurgent NUFC midfielder Mo Diame has revealed the ‘little things’ he has changed to help him finally find form, admitting to working with a personal trainer, training even harder and watching what he’s been eating – stating his ‘hard work’ is now paying off.
One thing Diame has always been since making the move from Hull is honest. His performances had so often underwhelmed, but he was the first to admit when he wasn’t playing well.
Thankfully, he’s now swapped words for actions, with his performances on the pitch over the past 6-8 weeks being outstanding. He’s gone from clumsy and cumbersome to a combative midfielder whose winning midfield battles against Pogba and Matic.
Speaking to NUFC TV, here’s what the Senegalese midfielder has had to say when asked just how he’s turned his form around on Tyneside:
“Everyone knows I was a little bit frustrated with my performance here since I arrived so now to receive this honour (January POTM) is a very good feeling,”
“It gives me the feeling that I have to give more and it will happen more times.
“I want to be the player I used to be and I know I didn’t give the best football (performances) since I’ve been here and that’s been frustrating – but the biggest person who has been frustrated (more than the fans) has been me.
“I am working as hard as I can to give a good level.”
“Little things can make the difference like checking what I eat, working harder – I have been with a personal trainer – and working hard in training. Of course I will always listen to the manager and what he is asking me. These are the details that you have to look after.”
Fair play to the big man.
I remember him being sarcastically cheered off in his awful home display against Everton, but since then he’s never looked back, knuckled down and been our best player since the turn of the year.
Keep it up Mo!