Newcastle United fans know what it’s like to endure the travails of a YouTube player.
As any supporter will tell you, Moussa Sissoko had a rather intriguing habit of being at his barnstorming best during televised, big-game clashes while simultaneously treating the 3pm bread and butter like a weekend kick-about.
But at least Sissoko did produce the odd moment of magic. That’s more than can be said for Mo Diame lately, the 30-year-old midfielder who has been a huge disappointment on Tyneside since his 2016 move from Hull City.
And despite scoring the goal that secured Hull’s return to the Premier League against Sheffield Wednesday in the 2016 play-off final, bending a sumptuous shot into the top corner from 25 yards, it says a lot that Diame was still far from universally popular on Humberside.
While the former Wigan and West Ham man is capable of real star quality, his tendency to drift through the motions left supporters demanding more.
Aston Villa, then, should keep this in mind as The Mirror (13th November, page 47) report that Diame is hoping for a reunion with his former Hull boss Steve Bruce at the Championship club.
The Senegalese midfielder looks set to leave Newcastle after starting just one Premier League game all season. But despite his proven track record in the Championship, Villa fans are not exactly enamoured by the prospect of Diame wearing claret and blue.
I would prefer Callum O'Hare, Doyle Hayes and Mckirdy to be given game time if i'm honest.— British Clive (@BritishBuIIdog) November 13, 2017
He can want all he likes we #avfc can't afford him, let's just pray Macker keeps scoring down under so we can recoup £5 million if were lucky. It's all good apparently we have Wyness round & Bruce Ffs, let me know when there gone pls.— Astony Villa (@Tuitey) November 13, 2017
Rumour has it Diame wants to be re-united with Bruce, he’s a great player, but old, if I’m honest, I’d rather see O’Hare be given that CAM role and dictate play... #AVFC— Daniel James Ball (@DanielJBall96) November 13, 2017
We have youngsters who need minutes in his preferred position so it’s a no from me... https://t.co/98QvlD2lTK— Shelley (@ShelleyOzzy) November 13, 2017
I hope Steve Bruce does not want a reunion with Mo Diame... https://t.co/cWUwPk33iS— Ian DW (@sportdw) November 13, 2017