Mehdi Abeid joined Newcastle on a free transfer 17 months ago from Lens, and the 18 year-old at the time was highly regarded and was a French U18 International, and he made a good start at the club and forced himself onto the American tour.
Mehdi Abeid - after scoring great goal in pre-season
But this season the Algerian U23 International is struggling to make the 18 man squad on match days, and has played twice for the Magpies, but has still not appeared for Newcastle in the Premier League.
Newcastle wanted to loan out Abeid last season, but Mehdi refused the move and instead preferred to stay on Tyneside, and push his claim for the Newcastle first team.
But things haven’t really worked out and now Mehdi seem prepared to go out on loan in January as he spoke to Sport:
“It is not easy not to play first team. But I tell myself that I’m in Newcastle, this is not just any club.” “I must work to earn a place and that’s what I try to do everyday.”
“I am often in the group, as the 19th man. I learn by going to the games, even while remaining in the stands, and I also play often with reserves.” “The coach asked me to stay until January before being loaned.”
“The ideal would be to stay in England and find a club in the Championship. But I would not be against the idea of going in Ligue 1.” “I was well received. The adaptation was easier with all the players who speak French.”
“I improved my English. Now, I can make myself understood and understand people, it’s not bad.” “I am close to the other French player – Yohan Cabaye, Hatem Ben Arfa and Demba Ba.”
“It really is a small cohesive group. There is a very good atmosphere.”
Certainly Mehdi seems to likes it at Newcastle, and any player reading his statement will only get a good view of things in the Newcastle camp – which is good.
But the 20 year-old needs first team games, and he probably should have accepted the loan deal last season , but seems willing enough to go out on loan in January, probably to a Championship club – and that’s good.
We don’t think Alan Pardew will want to send him to France, because he needs to get used to the way football is played in England if he is to have a Newcastle career.
There’s still time for Mehdi to make it big at Newcastle.
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