It’s always very difficult to know which youngsters are going to make it at Newcastle, and some who we thought would be almost certainties to become first team players at Newcastle – like Tamas Kadar as one example – just didn’t make it, and the Hungarian International left Newcastle in the summer, when his contract ran out.
Mehdi Abeid - after scoring against Fenerbehce in pre-season
And it seems another youngster who looked top class may be falling by the wayside, and that’s Algerian U23 International Mehdi Abeid, whose career at Newcastle is now in peril, and while he played last night for the U21s in their 4-2 loss at Manchester United, he has never been part of a first team squad this season.
Alan Pardew is now trying to get Mehdi fixed up at a Championships club before the end of the year, and he had this to say about the 20 year-old:
“Players have jumped ahead of him if I’m honest.” “That happens in football – it happened to me as a player. I remember Steve Coppell bringing a couple of players to Palace who jumped ahead of me and a younger player came up from the group.”
“The only way to get that back is to fight and that’s what he’s got to do. He’s got to fight to try and get back into the team.” “If I’m honest, I’ve tried to loan him out and I think he should go out to the Championship, because he’s good enough to play in it.”
Mehdi Abeid scored a great goal in pre-season against Fenerbehce, and he also scored in the 5-1 win at Gateshead, so it’s always surprising when a player seems to fall back a bit.
But Alan Pardew is coming out and talking about Mehdi for his own sake, and it seems he refused to go out on loan last season, and wanted to take his chance in playing in the Newcastle first team – but that didn’t work out too well.
There’s still time for Abeid to make it at Newcastle, but as James Tavernier did for the last 18 months he may have to improve his game by playing at other clubs, before he can start challenging for a first team spot at Newcastle.
For the record, Mehdi has two first team appearances so far for Newcastle in competitive games.
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