Newcastle United midfielder Mohamed Diame ended up being one of the shining lights of the 2017/18 season, but it remains to be seen if he can replicate his form in the new campaign.
The 31-year-old has come in for his fair share of criticism during his time at St James’ Park and has not always been a mainstay in Rafael Benitez’s side.
However, the Senegalese powerhouse was pivotal in keeping the Magpies in the Premier League last season and formed a great understanding alongside Jonjo Shelvey in the centre of the park.
Diame’s spot in the Newcastle XI could remarkably be under threat moving into next season, as the club could reportedly be on the verge of adding some midfield competition.
Sturaro is an experienced central midfielder with 90 appearances for Juventus and four Italy caps, something which highlights his quality.
The 25-year-old is a no-nonsense defensive midfielder and he would surely be pitted against Diame for a spot in the side.
Newcastle supporters will be wanting to see big-money signing Sturaro in action if he does join the club and that will surely leave Diame at risk of missing out.
Diame has always been hit with the label of inconsistent during his career and is another brick wall just around the corner for him?
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