Newcastle fans want Ki Sung-yueng to replace Mohamed Diame

Victor Camarasa and Mohamed Diame during the Premier League match between Cardiff City and Newcastle United at Cardiff City Stadium on August 18, 2018 in Cardiff, United Kingdom.

Newcastle fans have taken to Twitter and urged for Mohamed Diame to be dropped and replaced with summer signing Ki Sung-yueng.

Mousa Dembele of Tottenham Hotspur is challenged by Mohamed Diame of Newcastle United during the Premier League match between Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur at St. James Park on...

Newcastle United enforcer Mohamed Diame has started both games in the Premier League so far this season - and some of the club’s supporters on Twitter want him to be axed from the team.

The 31-year-old midfielder ended the last campaign in spectacular form to help the Magpies finish 10th in the league, and he has continued his partnership in the centre of the park this season alongside Jonjo Shelvey.

However, many are convinced that the Senegal international has dropped off the pace and hasn't been the colossus in midfield that broke up play so well last season for them.

He particularly struggled on Saturday against relegation favourites Cardiff City, as it was midfield opponent Harry Arter that ran the show during the game and got the better of him.

Rafael Benitez’s side have had a difficult start to their league campaign with a 2-1 home defeat to Tottenham and a goalless draw away to Cardiff at the weekend. 

Some Newcastle fans are convinced that Diame should be dropped for the next match at home to Chelsea, suggesting that summer signing Ki Sung-yueng is the ideal replacement in the midfield.

Ki, 29, is a brilliant passer of a ball that has a wealth of experience in the English top flight and will hope to become a regular starter at St James’ Park.

Mohamed Diame arrives at the Estádio Municipal de Braga during a pre season friendly between Sporting Braga and Newcastle United at the Estádio Municipal de Braga on August 1, 2018, in...

Diame is more of a powerhouse midfielder that does defensive work in front of the back four, while Ki is a more technical player that is comfortable in possession. The South Korean previously performed well alongside Jonjo Shelvey at Swansea City, and some fans are keen for the pair to rekindle that partnership in the North East.

Here's what Newcastle have been saying on Twitter:








Ki Sung-yueng of Newcastle United (4) arrives for the Premier League Match between Cardiff City and Newcastle United at the Cardiff City Stadium on August 18, 2018, in Cardiff, Wales.

Have something to tell us about this article?

Register for NEWCASTLE UNITED team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch