18 Year-Old Mehdi Ameid Already Impressive At Newcastle

Mehdi Ameid was brought into Newcastle as one for the future.

Mehdi Ameid – impressive at Newcastle already

But Ameid has been so impressive in pre-season training and during last week’s game at Darlington, that he’s already put himself in the mix for a possible first team place this coming season.

You don’t usually expect an 18 year-old to be pushing for a first team place, but that’s exactly what happened when Charles N’Zogbia was brought to Newcastle in August of 2004, when he was also just 18 years old.

It was debatable whether Mehdi would be on the American tour when he was signed this summer, but his good form has forced Alan Pardew to take him on the US tour.

The 18-year-old  Frenchman could also play tonight against Sporting Kansas City at Livestrong Park, in a game that kicks off at 7:30 pm central time, which is 1:30 am tomorrow morning, Newcastle time.

Abeid seems down to earth and he understands he will have a difficult job getting a first team place in the Newcastle team, and this is what he told the Evening Chronicle today:

“There are some great players in this team and I must battle to get past them.” “I want to progress here and it is good for my education in football.”

“I am very happy to be playing for Newcastle now. I hope I can do well for the club this season.” “And I am looking forward to the challenge of being a Newcastle player.”

“I heard some good things about Newcastle from when I was in France. They are a big club on the way up. Every young player would like this opportunity and I feel very fortunate to have it.”

It’s terrific that Newcastle have such a stellar name in France these days, and it seems that country is where most of the Newcastle scouting will be done in the next year or so, and of course Newcastle signed four French speaking players this summer.

Newcastle got  Abeid from Lens in France on a free transfer, and they are getting very good at picking up very decent players on free transfers or for small fees, often what’s specified in the release contract of the player.

Abeid is also big pals with  Hatem Ben Arfa, and that’s good for both of them, because it will help them to settle quickly on Tyneside, and of course both of these lads have great football skills.

And with Sylvain Marveaux, Yohan Cabaye  and Paris-born Demba Ba also at the club,  the 18 year-old already feels settled on Tyneside, and that’s great to hear.

Abeid continued:

“Hatem and Demba have helped me a lot already. It is good to have them around at the moment while I settle in.”  “But all of the players have been supportive and I like the team, I want to be in it.”

“It is a big challenge for me and I hope to play in a lot of games this season in the first team.” “But we will see. I will be working hard every day in training to get there.”

We’re concerned about the size of the Newcastle squad for this coming season, so it’s great to have some of our teenagers coming through nicely, and it will be good for Newcastle fans to get a good look at this lad, who has skills galore.

Mehdi turns 19 in early August and is a right footed midfielder  who can also play up front, and he is of  French Algerian descent, and was encouraged to join the club by both Hatem ben Arfa and Cheick Tiote , and that’s exactly what he did.

We really hope this lad comes through big time next season.

Comments welcome.

26 comments so far

  • G

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #1

    Sounds promising. Are there any live feeds for the match tonight? Cant get on any of the usual seed links from here, so if anybody can post them on here I would be grateful.


    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #2

    Doubt it G Lee Ryder was saying that there was no plans for radio or TV coverage of the match a few days ago

  • Brutooon

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #3

    i got a feeling that he will be our suprise package next season

  • DarloGeordie

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #4

    Fantastic news, lets just hope he doesn’t get a double leg break like a certain somebody – or have i just jinxed him 🙁

  • Ik Mambofyam

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #5


    Its surprising no one has shared this wonderfully thought out piece!


    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:15 PM

    Comment #6

    Never seen the lad play and to my knowledge he has never played a first team game but the reviews about him seem very exciting just hope he isnt thrown in at the deep end this coming season

  • numba9

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #7

    i think this lad is gona be our right midfielder this season, the clips ive seen of him he looks to be able to take a knock and has skill, its all infront of u son good luck ! with routledge on his way, make it your berth !


    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #8

    last french algerian i can remember was zidane, lets hope eh?

  • belfastmagpie87

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #9

    have we established what position he plays yet???
    i know there was a huge argument over this a few weeks ago?? haha

  • toonfan76

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #10

    So is RM his position or does he play across the middle, I know there has been a couple of debates on the blog about his favoured position but didn’t find out the answer. Think this guy could be our utility midfielder, covering a few positions.

  • rknufc

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:21 PM

    Comment #11

    mehdi abeid ed

  • numba9

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #12

    utility is a good string to his bow it would give him more scope, to me he looks a winger and a strong one at that, gosling also can play a few positions and would maybe be a more defensive option. hope he fulfills what pedro says about him, seems hes making a good impression!

  • Jarra Mag

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:35 PM

    Comment #13

    Never mind all that – have you seen the latest – Larry the Liar is banning NUFC fans from away games unless they are paid up season ticket holders or members?
    This is going to take us back to the late 70’s and 80’s where the best place in the ground was the “home” end for the travelling Magpies. I suspect this will only mean lots of business for medical staff and magistrates. Do these people know what they are doing running our club? Out now, the pair of you.
    I can almost hear the over-reaction and panic this will cause various police forces throughout the country, and we will get the blame. Dickheads. No-one can, has or will stop us travelling – it’s a huge part of being Black and White. The lads have always relished a challenge and this goes down the generations.
    In any industry, telling your customer base that they are not welcome seems to be poor business….unless you hate/despise your customer base, which increasingly I think Cashley and LiarLambiased actually do.
    “There may be trouble ahead…..”…and far more than these two have seen before. Still, it gives him an exit reason after all the bother that will be caused, in distancing himself from the club and fans by means of a sale after the lads go mental in the home ends at away games. Total prats. Get out of our club.

  • calvinzolamakongo

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #14

    In his interveiw he said he plays attacking mid but he also said he can play defensive too

  • NUFC_Richyg01

    Jul 20, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #15

    I think he looks and sounds like a great prospect. May turn out to be our super sub of the season

  • Rotonda heights

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:07 PM

    Comment #16

    Thank god Carr took over from Wise in this quazi director of football cum chief scout role.

  • v FrA NuFc 8

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #17

    Agreed Rotonda !!

  • bills-son

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:48 PM

    Comment #18

    Jarra Mag says – Larry the Liar is banning NUFC fans from away games unless they are paid up season ticket holders or members? Total prats. Get out of our club.

    I’ll tell you who the total prats are – the idiots who chanted ‘when Sammy scores we are on the pitch’. I don’t agree with away fans having to be
    paid up season ticket holders or members but I do agree that any fan – of any club – who goes onto the pitch DURING a game should be banned for life. Any fan who does that is an idiot, potentially dangerous, brings the club into disrepute and could get the club a fine or points
    deduction or both. Every fan needs to get the message that going on the pitch during a game is a guaranteed way to be banned for life.

    I see that this link http://www.nufcblog.co.uk/2011/07/19/it-all-adds-up/ that ILManmbofyan posted has received no comments. What a surprise eh? Might it be because the post tells the Ashley dominating haters of this forum truths they don’t want to hear? I see also that the replies to the post are mostly sensible and not of the ‘get the FG lieing B out of our club’ variety that most trot out here.

    I’ve said it before – there are FAR more supporters who are happy with the way Ashley is running our club than the Ashley haters on here would have us believe. The likes of Solano who say I am a lone voice are totally wrong.

  • Hebburn Mag

    Jul 20, 2011 at 2:53 PM

    Comment #19

    We used tio have Terry Mac as the comedian in the dressing room giving all the players a good laugh, why not get Graham Carr to Get Alan to come along would be a laugh in the dressing room or on the touch line 🙂 x

  • Toon_Jock

    Jul 20, 2011 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #20

    Can’t wait to see him play in our 1st team! He’s hoping he may even solve our striking problem…. Pard’s take a gamble, stick him up front with Ba in the friendly tonight for shits n giggles 🙂

  • jonny_ringo13

    Jul 20, 2011 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #21
  • magpiebop

    Jul 20, 2011 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #22

    we could get into Europe and win a cup this season playing the most exciting football since the Entertainers team and they’d still call Ashley. Some folk should look at what’s on the pitch and not what’s in the bank. Having said that they should fork out for Romelu Lukaku 9 to make this team great!

  • max

    Jul 20, 2011 at 5:37 PM

    Comment #23

    hoping to see him playing

  • JP...from The Rock

    Jul 20, 2011 at 7:39 PM

    Comment #24

    Any footballer that is very good pals with Hatem Ben Arfa I think we be very skillful. Just because similar players tend to stick together. It’s all looking very promising and I think next season we’ll see more of this kid than some may think.

  • solano

    Jul 20, 2011 at 11:53 PM

    Comment #25

    Bills-son – you are an increasingly isolated voice, as most people are waking up to the fact that they have been hood-winked again!
    You pledged, you would “eat hay with a Mackem donkey if we don’t spend all the AC transfer money on quality players” “. You’ve backtracked on that statement! We haven’t spent a bloody penny in real terms on players and our average net transfer profit over 5 years is over £10m per season. FACT! Yet, you point to an article, penned no doubt by another Stevie Wonder or quisling, that expects us to accept that wages over the entire length of a contract should be factored into the recent deals. No football club does it that way – you know it , I know it, and so does everybody else – and that’s why probably no one commented on it.
    All the evidence shows that we have fallen backwards under the Ashley tenure and as a football fan (as opposed to a wannabe accountant) I think magpiebop’s hopes of success are as far away as ever. The club (and you)sold the AC deal on the premise it was an unexpected windfall that could be used to catapult us into being a Premier force again. Now, after the money has disappeared into copper piping and large agents fees they promised they would never pay, you think you can change tack and call me, and other realists, for reacting to yet another set of lies? You don’t have a valid argument, are out-dated and yesterday’s man. Nose-bag, Dobbin?

  • MadAboutToon

    Jul 21, 2011 at 12:39 AM

    Comment #26

    Hebburn Mag, yeah alan would love being in the changing rooms, but i don’t think the players would find it to funny tro, they’d have to make sure they don’t drop the soap. lol


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