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!


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  1. Saboteur

    February 4, 2013 at 20:19

    no one even bid

  2. Tony Hammer

    February 4, 2013 at 20:23

    What has any of that article got to do with Akinfenwa (as suggested in the title) ???

  3. sir geoff

    February 4, 2013 at 20:33

    A very poor piece of journalism. I assume you haven’t seen much of his play or really know much about him

  4. Gaz

    February 4, 2013 at 21:35

    The other reason why big clubs don’t really fancy him is that he also suffers from Sudden Arrhythmic Death Syndrome (SADS) which meant that a move to Barca fell through prior to him joining Wigan. I’m not sure on the exact details but I’m sure I do remember reading that Wigan had to take out a special insurance policy on him to cover the club against loss in the case of his death.

    He also left Wigan because he couldn’t get in the team. He is as good as McCarthy and (at the time) a lot better than McArthur but the two Jimmy Macs together are a far better unit than any one and Diame would have been.

  5. Sfbrain

    February 4, 2013 at 21:38

    You sound more like his agent !!

    Yes he is a good player and to be honest he has found his level to shine, dont think he would look so good surrounded by champions league players.

    He’s clearly a bit gready, i’ve heard he is asking for 80K a week. Also he has a well documented heart condition and this too would put off the really big clubs.

    However, i think you are right in that he wont be at West Ham much longer, this will be because of his attitude rather than big clubs chasing his signature. Big Sam will not put up with a ‘prema donna’ working just for money.

  6. Scott

    February 4, 2013 at 23:06

    Diame is genuine class!

  7. Pshh

    February 5, 2013 at 05:47

    Nice try Mohamed Diame.

  8. blimey

    February 5, 2013 at 07:44

    What a peice of tosh…..
    Diame left Wigan as he didn’t fit with the manager and he wanted to move on to a bigger club, more money etc.
    The fact is; his heart Arythmia keeps him from the top echelon of clubs.. and how on Earth can you include Newcastle in the ‘Big’ clubs interested?? Newcastle are a provincial clubs with a recent history in the Prem, where were they 20 years ago? (Same goes for Lyon)
    Diame will be playing for West Ham in Europe in a couple of years…..