Mehdi Abeid hasn’t had many chances in the Newcastle first team yet.
Mehdi Abeid – very promising youngster at Newcastle
But when he did play in the first team during pre-season, and in the whole game at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup in September, he looked an accomplished player, who could have a great future on Tyneside.
Mehdi only turned 19 in August, and is going to play for Algeria at International level after appearing for the Algerian U23 side recently, and he qualifies because his parents are Algerian although he was born and brought up in France.
The 6’1″ central midfielder was born in Montreuil, France and hopes to represent Algeria in the Olympic Games next summer in Great Britain, where St. James’ Park will be one of the stadiums used for the event.
Algeria will be playing some games in Egypt between November 27th and December 3rd and Mehdi will be involved as they play Senegal, Morocco and Nigeria in the group stages of the Olympics qualifying stages.
Abeid had this to say to the local press today:
“I am with Algeria. There is the Olympic tournament soon.” “We have three games coming up and they are important.”
“For me it is important to play at international level.” “It’s a great challenge.” “The fans are very good to me.”
“I enjoy my time here and they have made me very welcome.” “It hasn’t been difficult settling here.” “It has been like being in France.”
“I feel really good and I want to do well in every game and every training session.” “I just want to do something good for the team.”
“My family watch the games at home on TV.” “They are happy I am here, they feel I made the right choice, a good choice.”
“I learn every day from very good players and I hope to do well.”
Mehdi could well see some action in January and February in the Newcastle first team, when Cheick Tiote will be away with the Ivory Coast for the African Cup of Nations.
Of course with Danny Guthrie having played so well over the last three games in Cheick’s enforced absence through injury, it looks like Danny could again get the nod to replace the Ivorian, but we think Alan Pardew will want to give the classy 19 year-old some action.
When you consider the way the youngsters are coming through for Newcastle this season, our squad may be stronger than we thought at the beginning of the season.