Mehdi Abeid On Standby For Swansea Game

Mehdi Abeid is one of the best young players at Newcastle.

Mehdi Abeid – top young prospect at Newcastle

And with Dan Gosling starting a three match suspension for being sent off at Norwich City last Saturday, and Danny Guthrie out for a few weeks with his groin injury, it looks like Mehdi is next in line and could make his league debt on Saturday against Swansea.

Unfortunately,  it still looks like Cheick Tiote is not a certainty to start on Saturday afternoon, and therefore Abeid the French U19 and Algerian U23 midfielder is on standby for Saturday’s game.

Abeid who is 6’1″ tall played only the first 45 minutes in the Newcastle Reserves 1-1 draw with Bolton yesterday, as did comeback  kid Mike Williamson,  who came through the first half looking good in his first game since last August.

Mehdi has looked excellent since he arrived in the summer, and he forced his way onto the American tour and looked a quality player when he played the whole game at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup back in September.

The 19-year-old was interviewed by the local press today:

“I hope my chance comes soon – I really want to play for this team.” “I’ll wait for my chance, and when I get it, I hope to do well and show what I can do.”  “I hope to do a lot for this club.”

“I train every day here to get a chance with the first team.”  “Every day I try to show what I can do, and what I can give to the team in the future.” “I’m really happy to work with everyone here.”

“It was very difficult yesterday – it was very cold, with a lot of wind and rain, but I think we did well.”

Welcome to the Newcastle winter, Abeid.

Abeid looked good in the first half against Bolton Reserves yesterday, with both John Carver and Steve Stone in attendance, even through it was freezing weather and then started to pour with rain after about 20 minutes.

We think Abeid could become the surprise of the season, because we believe that once he gets his chance in the first team, he will look what he is – an outstanding midfield prospect.

And certainly he was an excellent acquisition in the summer,  when Newcastle got him as a free agent from French club Lens.

However, we have to hope that Cheick Tiote will be fit for Saturday’s game, and that Mehdi Abeid could line up alongside the Ivory Coast International against Swansea.

Comments welcome.

23 comments so far

  • Graeme

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:37 PM

    Comment #1

    Back from Nigeria, will be at the Swansea game and look forward to seeing him play.

    Any chance someone up in Newcastle could turn the thermostat up a bit – its bloody freezing over here lol

  • gorgonzola

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #2

    Bout bloddy time

  • jayphoto

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #3

    Mehdi!!! Not had such high hopes for a young player since Michael Chopra was coming through! haha, reckon he’s gonna be a right player! Don’t play too well tho mehdi, don’t want the fat man getting ideas and thinking we don’t need tiote anymore!

  • gorgonzola

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #4


  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:51 PM

    Comment #5

    Comments slagging Shola aren’t on gorgonzola, nor are comments slagging any of the lads who put on a black and white shirt. Just as WWJBD said earlier, Shola is playing pro football and we are just talking about it so why don’t you give the guy the respect he deserves. @Indian Magpie not being harsh but it is easy for people that don’t get the whole Geordie pride thing to just throw Shola by the way side and say “Shola is useless, waste of time” blah blah blah but the guy is living the dream, playing for his boyhood club and has shown time and time again that he can deliver the goods as an effective squad player, there are plenty of clubs he could get first team football with but he loves this club so much that he will do whatever job is expected of him. I for one like Shola, have been frustrated with him at times but this season in any game he has played he has been quality so all you Shola bashers need to wake up.

  • toonincheek

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:53 PM

    Comment #6

    Williamson “looking good” in the reserve game?
    I read elsewhere that he looked off the pace.

    Don’t know – wasn’t there.

    But for Williamson and Abeid to play the first half only is a good sign they are both in real contention for a starting place on Saturday.

    And if they both play well, then we’ll be looking much stronger, and not just for the Swansea game.

  • Ruddy Marveaux-lous

    Dec 14, 2011 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #7

    It is good to see Willo coming through 45mins, heard somewhere too that he looked off the pace so it will be interesting to see if he gets a place on the bench. Perch will be starting on Saturday I think there’s no doubt about that, just hoping Colo is starting beside him so we can cope a lot better with Graham’s aerial presence, however, ball on the ground I think Perch can deal with Graham so I can’t say I’d have too many issues with Perch starting alongside Colo with Willo on the bench.

  • jayphoto

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:00 PM

    Comment #8

    toonincheek – i think Mehdi played 45 mins because he is in line for sat and williamson played 45 mins to ease him into it after a fairly long lay off! Expect willo to play a full game in reserves before starting next week either against west brom or more likely away to bolton!

  • Sir Alan

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:04 PM

    Comment #9

    If Abeid plays and Tiote does i don’t think Ben Arfa will. I still think we are at our strongest like this:


    —————–Ben Arfa——————-

  • Indian Magpie

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #10

    selby mag if you are there

    i am 28 from new delhi, india i support newcastle bcoz – there is no reason just love black an white.

    why am i explaining 2 u

  • Colo-Sus

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #11

    Whats Happened to Vuckic?!??!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!

    I know hes young but in light of the current injury situation surely a bench place ahead of smudger is warranted?

  • jayphoto

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:13 PM

    Comment #12

    vuckic is too attack minded to take the place of tiote in the middle! more suited to playing off a striker!

  • Selbymag

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Indian Magpie – im just curious as to how your ideas on the club / players are formed.
    Thanks for the explanation im happy to reciprocate but i know you dont care

  • markmac

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #14

    it doesnt matter where your from, or why you support the toon, just do it…i live a couple of hundred miles away from SJP and dont manage to get up very often, but NUFC is still a major part of my life, and i cant wait to get to another game…when work/finances are better and also hope to take my young son asap!!


  • markmac

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:20 PM

    Comment #15

    anyway back on subject, ive only seen abeid a few times but he looks a strong lad for his age,well built and has a decent strike on him from the goals ive seen him score 8-]

  • stk85

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:29 PM

    Comment #16

    in midfield we have:


    and in defence, we have:

    i wanna know why we have 6 possible central midfielders and why was it justified to only have 3 central defenders considering non of the youngsters like kadar or even henderson or dummett were even considered?

    we need at least one more back up central defender as well as taiwo to cover lb, move santon to rb, ship simpson out if he believes he’s better off somewhere else (as ed pointed out, no one ever does better after nufc, except maybe andy cole and david ginola)

    january signings:

    not at all being funny, but i’d like to see some english youngsters come through

  • yorkshire_mag

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #17

    Is Abeid ahead of Vuckic then these days???

  • jimmymagpie

    Dec 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #18

    Abeid will only play if Tiote doesn’t, and is’s not looking too good for Tiote – I still don’t think that we’re being told the truth about him. The talk amongst the local agents is that Taiwo is more likely to go to Arsenal, who are also desperate for full backs.

  • Kris

    Dec 14, 2011 at 3:59 PM

    Comment #19

    “…However, we have to hope that Cheick Tiote will be fit for Saturday’s game, and that Mehdi Abeid could line up alongside the Ivory Coast International against Swansea.”

    No? We do not hope that, cause Cabaye has to play :)! I hope Tiote is back, but I dont think he should start cause he isnt match-fit.

    Hopefully team:
    Raylor, Simpson, Coloccini, Santon
    Benny, Abeid/Smith, Cabaye, Gutierrez
    Besty, Ba

    Bench: Elliot, Ferguson, Williamson, Abeid/Smith/Tiote, Shola, Obertan, Sammy

  • alext109

    Dec 14, 2011 at 5:00 PM

    Comment #20

    I thought Abeid was more of an attacking midfielder so why would he replace tiote? From what I have heard he is good on the ball and can have a go at defenders. Does that mean Cabaye would drop to DM?

    Somehow I don’t see Pardew playing two attacking midfielders.

  • max

    Dec 14, 2011 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #21

    i want to see this kid playing

  • beefman13

    Dec 14, 2011 at 10:06 PM

    Comment #22

    abeid is a really good prospect and i would not hesitate to put him in midfield on saturday, that said i would still play vucic ahead of abeid, vucic has got a great engine and is more attacking minded than abeid and certainly more attacking minded then alan smith (i have got an awful feeling pardew will play smith,nightmare) i watch all the reserve games and vucic for me is always the standout player, it has been a big syrprise he has not been involved apart from the carling cup were he and the team did really well also fergie has to start coming in to the reckoning he and vucic for me would be in every squad, they are talented kids who would not and have not looked out of place at all, and if simpson does not want his future here i would play fergie left back and santon right back without doubt, i will say its a shame about young paul dummet being injured as he is a solid strong minded defender who i have seen many times and has a bright future ahead of him, and i would play him instead of perch as i would also play kadar in front of perch, perch is just shocking at defending set pieces raylor has been found out big time at left back and we just cant afford teams putting balls in the box and hurting us.

  • Brutooon

    Dec 14, 2011 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #23

    i love the idea that a young Abeid to play rather than giving the slot to an OLD,CRAP “Cheerleader” aka Alan Smith


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