One of the many impressive youngsters at Newcastle is 19 year-old French central midfielder Mehdi Abeid.
Mehdi Abeid – in action at York
This lad looks a star player of the future and we had reported on Tuesday that he had joined up with the Algerian U23 side last week, but it seems in the comments he has made to the official Newcastle site today, that he still has not made his mind up as to who he wants to represent in International football – France or Algeria.
He qualifies to play for Algeria because his parents are Algerian, and Mehdi was born in Montreuil, France.
And Mehdi Abeid was in action earlier this week in the Newcastle Reserve’s 3-1 win at York, and Abeid scored two terrific goals in the practice match at York.
Newcastle will need to schedule a number of these types of games for the Reserves, so that those players on the fringes of the Newcastle side, like Abeid, get regular games.
This is what Mehdi had to say today:
I was really happy to score my first goals for Newcastle in the friendly at York this week.” “Since joining the club in the summer, I hadn’t scored but on Wednesday I got two which was a great feeling.
“But I don’t want to stop there. I want to score again now and I hope to get another one when we play Liverpool at home next week!” It has been a busy few days as I have been away with the Algeria under-23 squad.”
Although I was born in France, my parents are Algerian and while I have played for France at youth level, I’m eligible for either country and they both mean a lot to me.” It was a very good experience. We played a friendly game last Wednesday and another on Saturday, and I learnt a lot.”
“We played well in both matches. The standard was high and there were some very good players, so I think it will help me.” It’s good to go away with the national team for a change of scenery. I saw a lot of good things, so the whole thing was very good for me.”
“But I still do not know who I would like to represent at full international level if the chance came around.
At this stage, it’s just for the young team so I could still go with France or Algeria.” Eventually I will have to make a decision, I hope, but at the moment I have not made a choice. I will do that later.”
I have time – I’m only 19 years old – so for now I just want to learn with my club. That’s the most important thing for now and I will make a choice at international level later.”
I’ve been at Newcastle for about six months now and I’m really happy here. I’m really enjoying it.” I feel good. I’m enjoying my football, I’m enjoying my time here and I’ll keep working hard to one day get my chance with the first-team.”
I made my debut against Nottingham Forest last month and I really hope to have more time with the first-team in the future.” That’s what I want and that’s the challenge for me now. I want to play with the first-team this season if possible, but certainly in years to come.”
But I hope to do well in every game, whether it’s with the Reserves or the first-team.” It was good to come back this week and play in a good game against a good team in York, and win.” It’s great that we continue to win and win at every level and we can have a great season, I hope.”
We expect Mehdi to press for inclusion in the first team squads as this season progresses, and he will hope to add to his one first team appearance so far on Tyneside.
Abeid played very well at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup 4-3 win, and could get another start at Blackburn Rovers a week next Wednesday in the 4th round.
But he’s certainly a player to watch out for at Newcastle.