Mohamed Diame has told the Shields Gazette that he is very disappointed with the start he has made at Newcastle United.
Diame moved to Newcastle from Hull City last summer, but the midfielder has not made the impact at St. James’ Park that many expected.
The 29-year-old has previously been a stand out performer at Championship level, but he has failed to reach the top of his game since moving to Tyneside.
And Diame admitted: “I’m not pleased with my performances. I’m disappointed with my start. I know last season was very long and very tough, and was my first in the Championship, so maybe I needed to refresh myself.
“I need to wake up because I have been sleeping since I got here.”
Diame has played 15 times for Newcastle to date, but he has only scored twice.
The Senegalese international is in competition with Ayoze Perez for a first-team place.
Diame could start for Newcastle this evening, when they take on Hull City the EFL Cup quarter-final.
Magpies boss Rafael Benitez has promised to make changes in the cup fixture (the Guardian), meaning Diame could be handed another chance to impress against his former side.