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.
“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.