Mehdi Abeid has done very well at Newcastle since he was signed as a free agent in the summer from Lens.
Mehdi Abeid – 19 year-old future star at Newcastle
Mehdi continues to be very impressive on the training ground, and as soon as he arrived at Newcastle on July 1st, he was outstanding in training, with the 19 year-old getting a trip to America because of his form early in the summer.
And there is news today that it could be Mehdi who gets the nod to replace Cheick Tiote in the Newcastle central midfield, when the Ivorian goes off to the African Cup of Nations in mid-January.
Certainly he had a very good game in the middle of the park for Newcastle at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup, and it seems that Pardew is ready to give the Algerian U23 International his chance in January.
The African Cup of Nations will run from January 21st to February 12th in Equitorial Guinea and Gabon, and Tiote and Demba Ba will both participate and could even be away until 12th February, as the Ivory Coast and Senegal have good sides and both won their groups rather easily.
With Algeria not qualifying for the tournament, Mehdi will be on Tyenside, and it seems he may be the one to get a start in January in place of Tiote.
This is what Alan Pardew said today:
“He’s in my thinking when Cheick goes away. I’m gearing him up for that period,” “His progress continues. He scored two for the reserves the other day and he could find himself jumping ahead of one or two others, we’ll see.”
We’ve said it before, but this lad could become a massive signing for the Newcastle club, as he seems to have skills galore, and he’s such a smashing lad, and of course he’s a pal of Ben Arfa too, and he works very hard in training every day.
If Mehdi does get the nod from Alan Pardew in January, it will be a setback for Danny Guthrie, and even for Dan Gosling, who cannot seem to get much playing time on Tyneside.