After covering the game on Gillette Soccer Saturday, Sky pundit Charlie Nicholas has praised Mo Diame for what he described as a ‘very, very impressive’ performance – saying he was the standout player for us on Saturday.
Considering the general consensus was that big Mo had a bit of a stinker in the first half, there’ll be quite a few NUFC fans scratching their heads at these comments.
In his defence, Diame improved in the second half and did pick up his game as we battled to hold onto our 1-0 lead, but to say he was out standout performer was quite a surprise.
Here’s what he’s had to say:
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I do agree with his praise for Dubravka and Schar – with the latter being particularly impressive for me – but I’m struggling to see how he saw Diame as our best player on the day, especially when you saw the impact Ki had from the bench.
On the subject of Ki, his performance in the final 40 minutes was outstanding for me.
Ironically, there’s plenty people calling for him to take Diame’s starting spot next time out if Shelvey does recover in time – but whether Benitez will go with it is another thing.
Would you start Diame against Bournemouth – or does Ki deserve his chance from the start after changing the game against Watford?