There’s nothing like thinking big and having dreams for the future, and our 19 year-old top youngster Mehdi Abeid wants to become a top player at Newcastle.
Mehdi Abeid – could blossom on Tyneside
And if the two games he has played for the Newcastle first team so far are anything to go by, at Nottingham Forest in the Carling Cup and last Saturday against Blackburn Rovers in the FA Cup, he could do exactly that.
With Cheick Tiote away on African Nations Cup duty perhaps as far out as the middle of February, Abeid is hoping to get in a few first team appearances in, and he hopes to keep his place for the game against QPR at home on Sunday afternoon.
The Algerian U23 and France U19 International defensive midfielder had this to say to the local press today:
“It’s not easy to replace Cheick, but I think I can help the team.” “I need more experience and more time on the pitch in the Premier League.”
“I hope to do well game after game, and to show what I can do.” “I hope one day to be better than Cheick!”
“We have recovered well, and want to win every game.” “I want more time to play. I hope to do well every week.”
“I work hard every day in training.” “I just want to train very well, and the gaffer will decide who plays.”
“I hope to play against QPR. The more games I play, the more experience I get. It’s what I want.”
Mehdi Abeid has done really well since joining the club last summer, and he was expected to be part of the Development squad this season.
But the youngster was so impressive in training in July that he forced his way onto the plane for the American tour, and has been part of the first team squad ever since.
Mehdi could well be challenging for a first team starting position as early as next season on Tyneside, and we certainly hope that’s the case.
Queens Park Rangers will travel to Tyneside on Sunday, and will hope to get back on track after not having a win in the last eight league games and losing six of them.
New manager Mark Hughes will want to improve that rather dismal record, but we hope it’s not not on Sunday.