Newcastle United’s Mohamed Diame is in a buoyant mood ahead of Everton’s trip to St James’ Park and has revealed to the Chronicle the one thing the Toffees must stop to get a result.
The Senegalese midfielder has seen his minutes dwindle in 2019 following the emergence of Sean Longstaff, but could be set for a return to Rafa Benitez’s side after the Englishman suffered season-ending knee ligament damage in the Magpies’ defeat to West Ham United.
Linking Diame with the key midfield spot against Marco Silva’s men is not a far stretch of the imagination, as the 31-year-old was called on by his manager when his inexperienced teammate had to depart the match.
In return, the 35-cap former international hopes to bank on a solid atmosphere at St James’ Park as it could be a deciding factor in the hosts showing up.
“It’s a difficult one,” claims Diame. “We know Everton are tough to beat but again we must do what we have in the last few games we must repeat what we’ve done.
“The atmosphere has been great in the last few games and we must use that again now.
“We know what we need to stay up. It is just a case of going out and doing it now.”
If the Toffees are able to get a goal early into the game, or at least start on the front foot, Silva’s men will have a perfect chance to settle the crowd and take the wind from beneath Newcastle’s wings.
We know all about performing under an intense atmosphere after the rallying efforts from the Goodison Park faithful ensured Liverpool felt the pressure on Sunday, and we cannot allow this to flip on us in the space of a week.