Newcastle have a number of top young players at the club, and if the transfer news of this last week is anything to go by, the club will be bringing in even more top young players before September 1st rolls around.
Mehdi Abeid – could become top player on Tyneside
Two of Newcastle best young 19 year-olds are Slovenian Haris Vuckic and French Algerian Mehdi Abeid, and both have played in the first team over the last few games.
Vuckic started at Liverpool and played the first 65 minutes before being replaced by Ben Arfa in that disappointing 3-1 defeat.
And then on Saturday Abeid started in place of Cheick Tiote, and played particularly well in the second half, before being replaced by Dan Gosling after 86 minutes.
It will be interesting to see if Alan Pardew will bring in the fit-again Danny Guthrie in place of Abeid on Sunday against QPR, since the former Liverpool midfielder has now fully recovered from his groin strain, and of course Danny played great earlier in the season.
Pardew talked about the two top youngsters to the local Newcastle press today:
“They’ve both shown in little cameos going forward that they’re going to be big players for us.” “Haris was a bit nervous at Liverpool in my opinion.”
“Mehdi will learn from Blackburn too.” In the first half, he just got a little bit conservative, and dropped a little bit too deep.”
“In the second half he took his game on, and took himself up against the midfielder players, and we looked better for it.”
“It was better for Hatem, as well.” “Between him and Hatem was probably where our problem was first half.” “But it improved after that.”
The Newcastle manager felt that Mehdi’s more aggressive play in the second half on Saturday helped to bring Ben Arfa more into the game, and the 24 year-old Frenchman had an excellent second half, and scored that glorious individual goal after 70 minutes to tie the scores.
There’s a chance that Mehdi Abeid will get another start on Sunday afternoon against QPR, and he will have learned from what happened last Saturday, and will not play so deep initially.
For the record Haris has appeared 12 times for Newcastle and Mahdi has played a couple of games for the first team.
Newcastle must try to pick up all 3 points against the 4th bottom of the league side on Sunday afternoon, and who knows we could be up to 6th place in the league.