Mehdi Abeid had a good game on Saturday, especially in the second half.
Mehdi Abeid – looked good on Saturday
Alan Pardew said after the game that Mehdi had played too far back in the first half, but that was corrected in the final 45 minutes when Newcastle came right back into the game to finally win it 2-1.
Newcastle scored another two great goals through Ben Arfa and Jonas Gutierrez, just like on Wednesday night when Demba Ba and Yohan Cabaye were the goal-scorers. in the magnificent and historic win against the Red Devils.
Mehdi Abeid is one of Newcastle’s top youngsters, and Alan Pardew said he would use the 19 year-old when Cheick Tiote was away on African Cup of Nations duty with the Ivory Coast, and Alan was as good as his word.
Abeid told the local press today that he enjoyed the game on Saturday and leaned a lot:
“It was a really good experience to play against Blackburn and I learned a lot.” “I hope to do well at Newcastle.” “And I hope that everybody is happy with what I produced.” “I think the more I play the better I will get, game by game.”
“I want to show what I can do and get more time to play.” “Staying in the cup is good for me, I want it to continue. I hope to do well every time I play to stay in contention.”
“We didn’t want a replay.” “We have played a lot in the last month or so.” “It’s good that we win, we can have more rest for the Premier League games.” “Our recovery can be good and gives us a chance to win more games.”
“We wanted to win the game.” “We are really trying to win this competition so we are really happy with it.” “Long may this continue.”
That was Abeid’s second start for Newcastle and his second appearance (he played the full game at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup)and we hope Alan Pardew will keep the lad in the side while Cheick is away.
It would be great for him to get a run in the side, because we think this Frenchman is one for the future for the Magpies.
In fact at some point it would be good to see Mehdi paired with attacking central midfielder Haris Vuckic, because these two lads are at about the same level, and could be first teamers at Newcastle sooner than we think.
We don’t think Mehdi is too far away from challenging for a first team place, and he will definitely be doing that next season, and he’s too good to be sent out on loan.
And it shows Newcastle are on the right track by bringing in top youngsters to the club and then developing them on Tyneside.
Some of the top young players we have coming through at Newcastle and who are 21 years old or younger include Mehdi and Haris in addition to Sammy Ameobi, Shane Ferguson, Dan Gosling and James Tavernier.
That cannot be tood bad and that will naturally strengthen the Newcastle squad for next season, when we expect none of the lads to be sent out on loan.