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.