Pardew Impressed With Reports Of Mehdi Abeid

When Mehdi Abeid went to Panathinaikos in Greece on a season long loan deal in August, most fans thought this career at Newcastle was probably ove,r but there gave been excellent reports coming out of Greece about his fine performances while on loan.

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Mehdi Abeid at Panathinaikos

In fact last summer there were reports the Algerian U23 International had been told he could leave Newcastle, after he had a loan spell at St. Johnstone last season, north of the border.

And last week we suggested that at the very least Mehdi deserved a chance to prove himself back at Newcastle in pre-season, and manager Alan Pardew has talked about the 21 year-old today.

This is what Alan Pardew has said in the Shields Gazette today:

“I sent Mehdi there because he needed to play at a high level, and the Championship teams didn’t know him.”

“We couldn’t get him on loan to a Championship team. No one seemed to know too much about him.”  “Fortunately, we got that move to Panathinaikos.”

“It wasn’t a case of Mehdi going there because he was finished,”  “We wanted him to prove he was a good player. He’s done that. He’s done very well for them.”

It was surprising that no Championship club was interested in the player last summer, but after this pre-season Mehdi could well go out on loan again, if he will not get games in the Newcastle first team,.

And he signed a five year deal when he signed for us in the summer of 2011, so he still has time to improve and make a career for himself on Tyneside.

If Mehdi does come back a much better player, and is kept in the Newcastle squad for next season, that will be a great sign to other youngsters that they can make it on Tyneside, although they may have to go out on loan and prove themselves first.

It’s very unlikely that Newcastle will now let this lad leave the club this summer, and even though Panathinaikos would love to sign him, they just don’t have the money to do that.

In Greece he’s had a very good season, and in 24 appearances he’s scored five goals.

What do you think?

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13 comments so far

  • croftus5678

    Mar 1, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #1

    he is looking good ! but it is in greece where footy isnt the standard it is here !

    nvm he’s still a better acm than we have atm and you never know could come good for us so wont hurt to ty him as cover for a season.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 1, 2014 at 9:13 AM

    Comment #2

    Fair play to Abeid! In france at 16/17 he was talked about as if he was going to be an international superstar! Ppl were surprised nufc could even sign him, he was expected to go to an arsenal or Paris ST Germain type team! Big pressure at a young age and im not sure his ability warranted it! Not sure hes premier league quality but hope he gets chance to prove people wrong!

  • jayphoto

    Mar 1, 2014 at 9:18 AM

    Comment #3

    Regarding today, i actually think itl go one of 2 ways, either a good west ham away type win or an absolute mauling with Hull getting 4 or 5! Theyre a good footballing team with goals in them! Bruce is a very astute manager, better than he gets credit for! Saw they bang 6 past fulham and 4 past cardiff! Can’t remember the last time we did that to a side…,

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 1, 2014 at 9:22 AM

    Comment #4

    I’m going for a 0-1 to us

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 1, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #5


  • beermonkey

    Mar 1, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    bring him back into the team next season

    buy a cabaye replacement and have this guy as his back up
    if pards managed the squad you could give this guy 15 stars in a season with league and fa cups and lots of sub appearance’s and I am sure he will come on in leaps

  • Ben3arfa

    Mar 1, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #7

    Would love to see Mehdi play just behind the striker here.

    lets just hope hes not “like a new signing” though


    Mar 1, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #8

    Looking at how Hull played last week i fear we are just gonna get shaned today! I could use another expletive but decorum prevents me from saying whats in my head !

    We should of signed Long not so long ago, but our skin-flint owner and the powers that be at the club are just busy shafting the Great Toon Faithful !

    Krul is paying the penalty for our dip in form since the sale of Cabaye and it looks like his WK place has gone? His name is not in the squad for Wednesday,s friendly against France, while not so long ago he stopped The Spuds scoring all on his own! Now we are in danger of Freefall, which is not actually his fault? He needs to start having some spectacular games again to make Van Gaal to sit up and take notice of him!

  • Marty-Toon

    Mar 1, 2014 at 10:27 AM

    Comment #9

    It’s easier to play pretty football in a warm country.
    Not so nice in the gritty English league but he’s able to play the ball around and better than Gosling in that position.
    He just mightn’t want to do it in the English league.
    Hope he comes back and gets used but with our dinosaur he will probably be given three 5minute games and decide to be sent out again.

  • Black and White Blood

    Mar 1, 2014 at 11:14 AM

    Comment #10

    ‘he is looking good ! but it is in greece where footy isnt the standard it is here !’

    That’ll be why Olympiakos beat Man Utd, then.

  • croftus5678

    Mar 1, 2014 at 11:51 AM

    Comment #11

    @10 black and white

    does that mean your view is that greek league is better or equal to the prem ?

    theres always exceptions ofc there is !

  • shanghai fan

    Mar 1, 2014 at 5:16 PM

    Comment #12

    @ black and white blood.

    Croft us is right, Greek football is bad, only that Man U are worse 😀

  • Moat1

    Mar 1, 2014 at 5:54 PM

    Comment #13

    4 – 1 Ive bet £19876


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