Mohamed Diame: The Akinfenwa of the Premier League

This guy is right under the definition of tank, the former Wigan man stands at 1.84m and weighs around 80kg! Mohamed, commonly known as Mo is as strong as an ox, but he can also pick a pass and his stamina is there for all to see.

Mo has played a vital role in West Hams success this season with his consistency gaining him many admirers…

Well just like Demba Ba, unfortunately for West Ham, Diame has a very low release clause: 4.1 million pounds. This put many big European clubs such as Arsenal, Newcastle, Lyon and Marselle on red alert, despite this, no deal was finalised.

Now would he be worth the money?



From what I have seen of him, Diame looks the real deal, strong, quick and his technical ability is not bad either! He reminds me of a Patrick Vieira type player.

If I was the manager at, for example, Arsenal, I would definitely activate that release clause with him sure to be hypnotised into playing champions league football.

Despite the positives, Mo Diame is currently receiving 2.6 million pounds per year which is approximately 50k per week! Big money if you ask me.

I feel the Senagalese defensive midfielder is ready for a step up to a better level as he is currently shining at mid table level.


Why did Wigan sell him?

According to reports, Diame is thought to have a very poor attitude and is known for being a little greedy, these are sure to put respectful managers off him.

Roberto Martinez said : ‘Momo is an excellent player, I’m sad to see him leave. (denying a fall out he said..) No, no me and Mo have never had such a thing, he is an excellent guy, although I hope he doesn’t show the attitude to big Sam! (Laughs) (This interview was when Diame signed a pre-contract with West Ham.)

So it seems maybe he has a little too much cheek to put off bigger clubs! And the reason him and Wigan parted company.


Why West Ham?

I’m sure many asked the question of why West Ham? I certainly did! Well Diame, in an interview said, ‘The reason I chose West Ham was because.. Their philosophy fits in with my style of play and they have good ambition and are a big club.’ (Bad English :P)

French suitors were also interested before he joined West Ham, and to be honest I’m shocked he didn’t move to his boyhood country!

Finally, I can’t see Momo staying in the claret strip for much longer with his list of admirers growing rapidly!


Written by Travis Comery

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