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.
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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