We’ve said before that the saving grace for Newcastle next season could be that a lot of the young talent comes through big time, and help to bolster the first team squad.
Mehdi Abeid – a good looking player – could be a steal
And one player who has already made a huge impact at the club, but still has a lot to learn, is 18 year-old Mehdi Abeid, who was born in France and is of Algerian heritage.
Mehdi seems to have fitted into the squad very well indeed, and has formed a good friendship with another 18 year old with huge potential at the club – Haris Vuckic.
And we have made no secret of the fact we are just a little concerned that the antics of Jose Enrique and Joey Barton recently, may have had a negative impact on some of the new arrivals at the club.
But Mehdi seems very happy to be on Tyneside, and he gives a refreshing interview today to the official Newcastle United web-site.
Here’s what the France U18 player said:
“I am really happy, but it is not finished – I have to work a lot this year if I want to be in the squad,” “I have to work hard with the other players every day.”
“It is my wish to be in the squad, I am really happy to be here and am training with really great players around me.”
“I like to have the ball, to play, to pass. I like to play both offensive and defensive and this team suits that. I have only been here for one month but have already learned a lot from some very good players. That is fantastic for me.”
“America was really, really nice. I learned a lot. It was my first time with the first team and they helped me a lot – they did a lot of good things for me.” “They tried to integrate me in the team and it was good for me. I am really happy.”
“It was a really good game against Gateshead,” “We played very well. The system was good and we did a lot of good things.” “It is good for this season. The manager now knows that he can take young players if he needs.’
“We are here to learn, to train every day and to learn but we can also play if we are asked to.”
That’s a good interview with the French youngster, and he has already shown he has immense skills on the ball, and he could turn out to be a great buy for the club.
Maybe Newcastle can do one or two things right after all, but yes, it seems I’m getting carried away- again.
We like this lad a lot – and he has a good attitude and could turn out to be a terrific player for Newcastle in the future.