HAZARD ACTS AS SPUR TO DI­AME

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - By Ben Baker

NEW­CAS­TLE United mid­fielder Mo­hamed Di­ame is us­ing Eden Hazard as in­spi­ra­tion while he bids to re­dis­cover his best form.

Di­ame, 29, joined the Mag­pies from Hull in the sum­mer and has fea­tured more than 30 times this sea­son, help­ing New­cas­tle to the Cham­pi­onship sum­mit ahead of yes­ter­day’s clash with Wi­gan.

But de­spite be­ing a prom­i­nent fig­ure, the Sene­gal in­ter­na­tional ad­mits he isn’t en­tirely happy with his per­for­mances on the pitch.

Di­ame knows that a loss of form can hap­pen to any­one, cit­ing the ex­am­ple of Hazard’s strug­gles at Chelsea last sea­son, only for the 26-year-old to be set­ting the Premier League alight again this term.

The New­cas­tle mid­fielder is de­ter­mined to get back to his best as the Mag­pies hunt an im­me­di­ate re­turn to English foot­ball’s top ta­ble.

“This sea­son has been the poor­est sea­son of my ca­reer,” Di­ame said. “It’s tough men­tally. Some­times you lose a bit of con­fi­dence and you lose con­fi­dence about how you can play.

“It’s not easy, but this is foot­ball, and it hap­pens some­times. You just need to keep faith in your­self.

“I can give an ex­am­ple – Eden Hazard. He had a dif­fi­cult sea­son last sea­son, but he knows he’s a mas­sive player, a good player. This year, he’s back again.”

BE­LIEF: Mo­hamed Di­ame

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