Newcastle Player Wins Cup Medal


Newcastle on-loan midfielder Mehdi Abeid picked up a Greek Cup Winners medal at the weekend,  with Panathinaikos getting a 4-1 win over PAOK Salonika, and Swedish International striker Marcus Berg scored a hat trick for the winners.

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Mehdi Abeid – at Panathinaikos for the season

Nikos Karelis also scored for Panathinaikos, and Zvonimir Vukic scored PAOK Salonika’s consolation goal, after Mehdi Abeid brought down Lino inside the penalty box after 70 minutes, and Vukic converted the penalty. 🙁

Abeid has had a very successful loan spell this season in Greece, and he’s had first team football every week and has played 34 times with 8 goals and 7 assists for the Greek side.

Panathinaikos are 4th top of the Greek Super League at the moment on 66 points from 34 games, and they are only three points behind second placed PAOK Salonika.

Olympiakos are running away with the title (again) with a massive 86 points from 34 games, and they are 17 points ahead of PAOK Salonika.

And news today in the Chronicle that Newcastle officials are very happy with the progress being made by the Algerian U23 International, and will give the young midfielder every chance in pre-season, to show just how much he has progressed playing for the Greek side this season.

Mehdi has five appearances for Newcastle United – so far – and the youngster turns 22 in early August.

After the game and cup win on Saturday, this is what Mehdi had to say:

“I have made progress as a player and as a man.” “It has been a fantastic season.”

Newcastle could loan out their younger players more regularly, so they can get first team football and have a chance to show what they can do – and they should progress much more quickly than playing for the Newcastle U21 side all season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.



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153 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:11 PM

    Comment #1

    Repost

    You know some people are just better at discussing football from the sofa or maybe even coaching instead of playing like our Shola and some are not just like our very own Percy Parsnip 😉

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  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #2

    You’ve scaled the walls and escaped the institute Mehdi, don’t be silly and turn yourself in.

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  • 70TWO

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #3

    I am infuriated with Pardew before even a ball has been kicked and don’t believe there will be any relief from anything resembling a good performance. Some on here were saying the other day that he is delusional, believing that he is the only one who can resolve the situation. He also tried to explain away what he says by suggesting that he tries to protect the squad and individuals. However, whatever he spouts is only for one purpose, to protect his own position from all sides, including the owner.

    I don’t know if the Journal has messed with Pardews quotations about future transfers but it is only just coherent and completely his own opinion. The position it portrays is an appeal rather than a statement of fact. The conclusion that I make is that he is isolated from those in charge at NUFC, possibly through design by Ashley in an attempt to make him walk. Unfortunately this has been torturous for fans and an underestimation of Pardews perspective of himself.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:13 PM

    Comment #4

    Do we even know if we still own Abeid? I mean maybe there is a price Panatinikos can trigger?

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #5

    WTF?!? Sending out a player to a team that wins things?

    That doesn’t tie in well with our mediocrity. He’ll have to be sold now, can’t have a winning mentality, no no, far to disruptive.

    Off with you Abeid, shoo.

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  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Pardew does not have a Plan B let alone a Plan A.

    This guy made it into management by surprise, in those days anyone could become a manager, just look at Joe Kinnear.

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  • jesperfuglsang - captain of the lemon crew

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:16 PM

    Comment #7

    I’ll tell you if that’s the case I gonna laugh my socks off 😉

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  • guvnor

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:17 PM

    Comment #8

    All the players that escape Pardews coaching flourish.

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  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #9

    I said this before that there was bust up between Carr and Pardew last summer, there will be even a bigger one if Pardew stays this summer and tries to forces his british championship quality players.

    Graham Carr is doing brilliantly for a headscout that is on a very very tight budget on targets, most of the players that he has brought in here are not even 1st in his list so he has always managed to scout backups.

    Mike will have the final pick and that is sacking Pardew, not Graham Carr.

    Journalists are only starting to release reports now that Graham Carr had said on the foreign signings that were made previously, if Pardew was in charge, we would be a relegation battling side or long relegated last season if we didn’t buy those players in January.

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  • guvnor

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:21 PM

    Comment #10

    Ashley could save himself a few bob, if he sacked Pardew and hired a proper coach who understands the young players and how to develop them.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:23 PM

    Comment #11

    Online Guy

    To play devil’s advocate, someone could argue that he could have found his love for the club again after that conversation you had but…there would be scant evidence to prove that!

    I have been of the opinion for a long time that he bought NUFC as a plaything as well as an investment, only he then proceeded to play with NUFC with all the skill of a young child with a new set of lego rather than a prudent and savvy businessman. Then when his lego model started to go wrong, rather than read the instructions or get an adult to help him, he asked one of his mates who was just as bad. By that point, he’d already broken a few pieces and he was never going to be able to build what it was supposed to be so he just knocked something up with half the pieces and hoped it might be valuable in a few years…

    I do think some of the fans grossly overreacted when Keegan left, but then that is the job of fans. If they don’t behave like that when something negative happens, they don’t turn up in their thousands when we sign a player either…

    I think some fans expect too much from our owner, when many other clubs have similar owners but the key difference for me is that those other owners do the smart thing and employ a real football man to run their club. That is/was the crucial mistake I believe.

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  • Mister Tuff

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #12

    Ian Toon – ref previous post. I had anticipated some cheek from you in respect of my post about Roman numerals -probably along the lines that it was the only system available when I was at school. However, you were not tempted by a whippersnappers viewpoint and issued a compliment, thank you very much.
    I now try to apply the BBC test -which you advocate – sometimes tricky getting the balance right on a football blog – so as not to bore folk. Being truthful -the BBC test is probably the only decent thing I have learnt from your writings. Good effort keep it up.

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  • Ibizatoon

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #13

    TDSarf…Have you enjoyed your break?

    Honestly, does Ashley need us to play devils advocate? He has a team of people who already do that for him.

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  • TurkishFan101

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #14

    It’s either you fans side Pardew with his british signings and and championship recoups (Obertan and look at West Ham and Charlton)

    Or its Graham Carr’s foreign player signings (cabaye, tiote, ben arfa, anita, santon, debuchy, cisse, mbiwa, haidara, sissoko, gouffran, abied, roman amalflatino)

    Cannot include De Jong because it would be unfair to judge him based on how the whole squad is playing below average already and very bad coaching from Pardew. He was already confident-shot at germany and came here its even hit him worse..

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  • Thump

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:32 PM

    Comment #15

    Pardew is laughable. The funny thing is, if Shola were to turn himself into a player manager, I’d take him every day of the week over Pardew. Average players tend to make good managers.

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  • Mike's Iron Curtain

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #16

    BBC = Big Black Cock.

    I’m not sure I should enquire any further into the nature of these tests.

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #17

    Ibizatoon

    Very much so thank you. There has been enough negativity on the pitch without being dragged to virtual suicidal depths by listening to everyone else’s negativity on a regular basis I’m afraid…

    I think a balanced view is required because balanced and calculated decisions are what’s needed to do the best for our club, not emotional and snap decisions. Several vocal fans were calling for Willo and Tiote to be sold, for Remy not to be signed and in the past for the likes of Chopra to start regularly. Passionate fans who shout the loudest are usually not the best to judge what is best for the long-term future of our club.

    But passionate fans who shout loudly should be considered by the club and engaged with. Those are often the fans who sing the loudest, who go to every game they can and who help to create the spirit of NUFC that brings in new fans both at home and abroad.

    I’m certainly not going to enter into a debate on whether Ashley should be owner or not because there’s nobody above him to set him targets, only he will choose if he stays or goes and we have no idea on potential replacements. However, we know Pardew will either miss or just achieve his minimum target, we know he failed last year and we know there are plenty of managers at least as skilled as Pardew who would be interested in his job.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:41 PM

    Comment #18

    What a day, the club seem to be trying to portray HBA as the bad seed, hoping his past reputation will help win fans over that he is the reason for our demise.

    I read every day that since Cabaye left we’ve been on a slump etc, it’s not since Cabaye left….the slump started well before that. I even remember fans saying sell Cabaye after what happened in August, these same fans are now saying why was he not replaced and we shouldn’t have sold him. Go back through to them articles and read the dross that has been posted.

    MA is the biggest issue but my immediate concern is the players we are being linked to….these brits that will never amount to anything. The myth that British players work hard, yet we have strolla who is British but has chosen to play for Nigeria. I look at the Chelsea trio of Willian, Oscar and Ramieres, these 3 work harder than any Premier League players I’ve seen this season. Tevez, Aguero grafters again, I think we should be looking at the South American market and pick up some of the younger kids coming through there.

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  • terencelim

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #19

    @ToonDarnSarf You don’t have to debate anything about Ashley. All readers here know you’re his cock sucker.

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  • gazzaforever

    Apr 28, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #20

    @Terence LOL. So true.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #21

    Does anyone else think Tiote is off in the summer?

    I think he will be sold, Man Utd will make an offer for him which we will accept!!

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  • validator

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #22

    TDS your admiration of Ashley is well documented, but you have to concede defeat in your quest to find the man accepted by the fans.

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #23

    Ourtoon,

    Do you not think Cabaye has been sorely missed? He had bagged 7 goals up until January.

    Im shocked at that comment.

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  • Our Toon

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #24

    Toon Prodigy

    Read through peoples comments when Cabaye wanted out in August, the articles are still there for you to check up on.

    I was in the minority who said if he goes we will struggle to create anything, I was shot down and told no player is bigger than the club. I don’t think we should have sold him but I also think the losing run was on the cards even with him in the team!!

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  • toonarmydownsouth

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #25

    Make sure you have your exit planned tonight if your going to the game lads
    There’s a massive tube strike on and doubt any one is going to be in the mood to hang around to long after the game!

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  • Average_Contents

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:12 PM

    Comment #26
  • Our Toon

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #27

    To answer your question though….Yes he has been sorely missed my friend but a manager with half a brain would have continued with 433 Tiote and Sissoko holding HBA on the right switching with Marv who would play in the hole

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  • ToonDarnSarf

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #28

    validator

    I admire Ashley as a businessman but most definitely not a football club owner and certainly not as the owner of NUFC. He has organised the financial side of it very well from what I can see but has completely failed in several areas on the football side of things.

    So, no, I’m not a fan. And I’ve put that on record more than once. I just don’t agree with gross negativity, insults or campaigns demanding that the owner leaves. I can’t see anything positive coming from any of that.

    He’ll never be accepted by the fans because he just doesn’t get them and the vast majority don’t get him. The best that could be hoped for would be for him to disappear into the background and appoint a real football man to do the day to day stuff of running this club.

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  • DokToon

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:18 PM

    Comment #29

    @19…

    and people ask why the blog is dying a slow death… comments like that… typical joker hiding behind his keyboard since someone doesnt agree with you…

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  • wolfshead@toon

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #30

    tads

    i backed us for the draw/win and remy to score first lol

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  • Toon-Prodigy

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #31

    Ourtoon,

    I can remember the discussions, about taking 30 million for him and all that aye. I think most were in agreement to take it so long as he was adaquetly replaced and the money went back into the squad.

    This hasn’t been the case though.

    I’v got a different take on it, I think if Remy, Debuchy and Cabaye played in the last, say, 10 games? We wouldn’t be on this run. The results may of been sporadic, but no where near as bad. I suppose we will never know truly. But my own personal thoughts I think we would of did alot better.

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  • validator

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:19 PM

    Comment #32

    TDS apology accepted.

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  • DokToon

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #33

    ourtoon @ 21

    if ashley can make a buck on anything, it’ll be sold… except for the advertising at SJP…. that will always be free….

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  • ilovetoon8788

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #34

    It’s going to be a long day today.. You all know why and what’s coming. Hopefully we keep it low and decent and not some cricket score..

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  • Jail for Ashley

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:20 PM

    Comment #35

    TDsarf,
    You’re back, was it the recent positivity that made you return, I’m glad you’ve had the common sense to not tell us the season has been a success as we’ve met our targets, as for Mashers financial success for us, he’s worked wonders in being able to compete with WBA and Burnley in the transfer market, and from his point of view making that 50M a year in revenue disappear must be very financially rewarding.

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  • NEoffers.co.uk

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:25 PM

    Comment #36

    Jason Isaacs – Newcastle City Hall – Only £19.99 (usually £25)

    http://neoffers.co.uk/products/jason-isaacs-newcastle

    This very special gig crowns what has been a whirlwind 6 months for the “Nations Favourite Crooner”.

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  • Tsunki

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #38

    To be fair the consensus about cabaye leaving and shouldn’t affect our form was based on the accepted strategy that key positions have more than one player at disposal. What affected us wasn’t cabaye leaving, it was the lack of an understudy or even replacement.

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  • GeordieTwo

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:27 PM

    Comment #39

    Another famous Pardew quote: “It’s a good thing most of the clubs below us are crap, because we’re crap as well.” 😯

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  • validator

    Apr 28, 2014 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #40

    @38 your powers of observation are remarkable.

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