Mo Diame form for Newcastle surely warrants a new contract?

Mo Diame of Newcastle in action during the EFL Cup Quarter-Final match between Hull City and Newcastle United at KCOM Stadium on November 29, 2016 in Hull, England.

Mo Diame has been in excellent form of late for Rafa Benitez's Newcastle.

Newcastle player Mo Diame in action during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Manchester City at St James' Park on December 27, 2017 in Newcastle Upon Tyne, England.

There is no doubt that Newcastle United midfielder Mo Diame has completely upped his game of late as Rafa Benitez looks for a man to grab the Toon by the scruff of the neck in their fight against relegation.

The 30-year-old has arguably become the Magpies' first-choice central midfielder of late, starring in the Toon's recent matches as Benitez manages to keep his side afloat of the bottom three - just.

He has started seven of Newcastle's last eight Premier League games, being left on the bench against Brighton after working his socks off during a 90-minute performance against Manchester City just three days before.

Mo Diame of Newcastle United controls the ball during the EFL Cup Fourth Round match between Newcastle United and Preston North End at St James' Park on October 25, 2016 in Newcastle upon...

He has found the back of the net on two occasions during that time, scoring one of Newcastle's three against West Ham and losing his marker at Selhurst Park to tap in at the back post on Sunday afternoon.

The Senegal international's increased confidence is showing in his performances on the pitch but with just 18 months remaining on his current St. James' Park contract, surely it is time for a new deal?

Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez shouts encouragement during the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Newcastle United at Selhurst Park on February 4, 2018 in London, England.

The Daily Star claim Diame is earning £45,000 a week at St. James' Park but will be in the final year of the three-year contract that he signed in the summer of 2016, when moving north from Hull City.

Diame is expected to start on Sunday afternoon as the Toon face Manchester United at home, and if the former Hull City midfielder can shine against Jose Mourinho's side then surely he warrants a new deal.

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