Mo Diame may appear to have been off his game over the first few months of the season, but it has been revealed that only TWO Premier League players have made more tackles than the NUFC midfielder this season.
Not only that, only EIGHT Premier League players have covered more distance on the pitch in the league this season – with him covering over 130 kilometres in our 12 games so far; meaning an impressive average of around 11km per match.
Here’s the top 10 tacklers in the league so far this season – with big Mo placed in third:
- 57 – Idrissa Gueye
- 45 – Aaron Wan-Bissaka
- 42 – Mo Diame
- 40 – Joao Moutinho.
- 39 – Ricardo Pereira
- 36 – Luka Milivojevic & Wilfred Ndidi
- 35 – Philip Billing
- 34 – Etienne Capoue
- 33 – Felipe Anderson.
Don’t get me wrong, he’s got areas he must improve, with him often being a little laboured or clumsy in possession, but this does at least prove that he is playing some part in our team.
Many have called for Rafa to go with Shelvey and Ki away to Burnley a week on Monday, but I suspect Benitez would be wary of just how they work defensively – with Diame’s tackling and running stats showing what a good job he does off the ball.