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Some Newcastle Fringe Players Starting To Look The Part

9:39 am, Wednesday, September 21st, 2011 by Ed Harrison · 8 Comments

With lots of late drama last night at the City Ground in Nottingham, Newcastle again found a way to win the game.

Mehdi Abeid – good game last night

But it was in injury time of the added time when captain Coloccini sent the two thousand travelling Geordie supporters into raptures, as he headed the winner from a Gabriel Obertan cross to beat Nottingham Forest 4-3 and send the Magpies into the fourth round draw.

Mehdi Abeid was a surprise starter in the middle of the park last night, and he put in a very tidy performance and one that augers very well for his future at Newcastle.

This lad turned 19 only last month and he was brought in from Lens as a Development players, but he has quickly impressed Alan Pardew and the rest of the coaching staff.

Mehdi also of course forced his way onto the American tour, and we look for this lad to make a bigger impact on Tyneside as the season progresses.

With last night’s side being essentially a second eleven it must have given Pardew and his coaching staff some real satisfaction that there were good performances all over the park last night.

Abeid is starting to look the part when he plays in the first team, and the youngster must decide very soon whether he represents Algeria, he was born there in Montreuil, or France, where his parents settled after he was born.

It’s a tough decision, but Mehdi has only a week to make up his mind, and Sylvain Marveaux is also starting to come through, and he looked classy last night, and one thing we like about the 25 year-old is that he can certainly cross the ball.

The two wingers last Saturday for Newcastle, Gutierrez and Obertan made some good runs, but their final pass was often lacking – but that’s not the case with this French U21 International.

And of course Ben Arfa was on show, and this player can turn Newcastle into a potent creative force going forward, and he showed again last night that he’s a special player indeed.

Ben Arfa is the type of player who draws fans to want to attend the games to see him play, he’s that good.

And an overall thing that was pleasing in the game last night, is that our lads never give up, and their will to win and get the job done was there for all to see.

It was a job well done by the lads and they deserve great credit for that.

Comments welcome.



Tags: Hatem Ben Arfa · Mehdi Abeid · Newcastle News · Newcastle Youth





8 responses so far ↓

  • 1 northernracoon // Sep 21, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    http://footballdiscussion.net/2011/09/nottingham-forest-v-newcastle-highlights-nottm-forest-newcastle-3-4-video-carling-cup/

  • 2 bobby jay // Sep 21, 2011 at 9:49 AM

    Glad we are through, could have done without the extra time though. The team spirit this year seems to really help us when it comes to grinding out results. Hopefully we’ll get another lower league team next round aswell. Hope your trip to the docs went well Ed

  • 3 Klatoon // Sep 21, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    Good fringe players mean better cup runs without compromising league perfomances. Bodes well for the team

  • 4 surreytoon // Sep 21, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    I wasn’t clear on his position until one of the local papers reported he is primarily a defensive midfielder but with good passing ability.

    That augers well as we can use him as back up/understudy to Tiote (and in a sense Cabaye), which is a position I thought we were lacking young talent in.

  • 5 liam85 // Sep 21, 2011 at 9:59 AM

    it’s so much harder for the fringe players to make it in the first team. I think everyone is really going for it to show Pardew they are worth a first team spot.. things seem so much better at our club, not because we are winning just by the never die attitude.

  • 6 veto // Sep 21, 2011 at 10:27 AM

    few of the ‘fringe’ players are only that as they need to get upto speed, i expect to see marveux startinregularly soon , cracking player , and young abeid ! great prospect .
    our midfield is the best we have had in years !! we haven’t had players of this technical quality for a long time and it’s great !!

  • 7 Spitfire // Sep 21, 2011 at 10:33 AM

    …and Obertan CAN put a decent cross in at last

  • 8 SincerelySamuel // Sep 21, 2011 at 11:01 AM

    abeid seems like a midfield mister versatile as he was deployed primarily by lens as aan attacking winger with 23 goals in his 19 apps and for us looking very solid as a CM cant be a bad thing




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