Mohamed Diame says Ayoze Perez is playing well

A general view of St James' Park during the Barclays Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St James' Park on May 15, 2016 in Newcastle, England.

Mohamed Diame is struggling for playing time at Newcastle United at the moment.

Mohamed Diame of Newcastle United during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on July 26, 2017 in Bradford, England.

Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame has admitted to The Shields Gazette that his teammate Ayoze Perez is playing well at the moment.

Diame is struggling for playing time at Newcastle at the moment, with Perez having established himself in the number 10 role in the Premier League under manager Rafael Benitez at the moment.

“He’s playing very well,” Diame told The Shields Gazette about Perez.

Mohamed Diame of Newcastle United beats Alex Gilliead of Bradford City during a pre-season friendly match between Bradford City and Newcastle United at Northern Commercials Stadium on July...

Diame is a good midfielder and is hugely experienced, and the 30-year-old former Senegal international will be an important player for Newcastle as the season progresses.

Perez is a very good player, but the 24-year-old, who can operate as a forward or an attacking midfielder, is not exactly an outstanding footballer.

The former Spain Under-21 international is not always going to play well, and it is up to Diame to displaced him from the team once he gets his chance.

Mohamed Diame of Hull City holds off Jack Hunt of Sheffield Wednesday during Sky Bet Championship Play Off Final match between Hull City and Sheffield Wednesday at Wembley Stadium on May...

If the former West Ham United midfielder trains well and makes an impact if when he comes on as a substitute, then he could play into Benitez’s plans for a regular place in the starting lineup.

According to The Sun, Newcastle paid Hull a transfer fee of £4.5 million in the summer of 2016 in order to secure the services of Diame.

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