Mo Diame has had a limited impact since arriving at St James' Park, but his former team-mate is more than aware of his qualities.
Hull City defender Harry Maguire has warned his team-mates on the club’s official Twitter account to be switched on in order to stop Newcastle United midfielder Mo Diame from coming back to haunt his old employers in the EFL Cup on Tuesday.
The Senegalese international spent two seasons at the KCom Stadium, with his languid style and eye for the spectacular making him a firm favourite among many of the club’s supporters.
However, Diame has flattered to deceive since upping sticks and moving to Newcastle in the summer, with Rafa Benitez preferring to pair Jonjo Shelvey and Isaac Hayden in the centre of his midfield.
Nonetheless, Maguire is taking nothing for granted as Hull look to reach the semi-finals of a domestic competition for the first time since 1930, warning his team-mates of Diame’s ability to produce something from nothing, a la his stunning winner in the play-off final against Sheffield Wednesday last season.
“It can seem like he’s cursing through a game and he’s not influential and then, all of a sudden, he creates this little bit of magic like he did in the play-off final,” the centre-back told the club’s official Twitter account.
“We’ve got to be fully switched on with him all the time because, with Mo, if you give him any bit of space and time he can hurt you.
“I think, the main thing, is to keep concentrating all the way through the game. Sometimes you can’t stop goals but I’m sure we’ll do our best to keep him quiet.”
Diame admitted prior to the clash at the KCom that he could not turn down working with Rafael Benitez at St James’ Park, but his former side have the ideal opportunity to show him that he made a mistake by knocking his current team out in the quarter-final stage.