It’s clear that of all our players who went on loan deals last season, two players in particular did very well indeed – James Tavernier at Rotherham, who were promoted last Sunday to the Championship after beating Leyton Orient on penalties after extra time in the play-off final at Wembley, and Algerian Mehdi Abeid, who had a great season in Greece for Panathinaikos.
Mehdi Abeid – at Panathinaikos last season
All of our other young players on loan could well see that they will be put up for sale by Newcastle manager Alan Pardew this summer.
21 year-old Mehdi Abeid played 38 times for the Greek club with 10 goals, and he got some rave reviews in Greece, and 22 year-old James Tavernier improved at Rotherham, where he played 28 times with 5 goals and looked very solid.
Panathinaikos are keen to take the 21-year-old back to play in Athens next season, and that’s not surprising, but we think Alan Pardew will take a close look at the lad this summer, and also look at James Tavernier hopefully, to see if they are good enough to challenge for a first team place at Newcastle next season.
This is what Alan Pardew told the Shields Gazette today about Abeid:
“Mehdi did well – we’re pleased with him,” “Of all the guys we’ve had out on loan, he’s probably been our most successful one.”
“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.”
“More power to him. He’s a good lad with a good mentality. I’m pleased for him.”
If Pardew does not elect to keep Mahdi at Newcastle next season, he could want to loan him out to a Championship club, and that should be easier now he has performed so well in Greece.
James Tavernier has one year left on his three year Newcastle deal, and there’s more chance that Newcastle will let him leave permanently this summer.
And there will be a number of Championship clubs after him if that’s the case – and they already include Rotherham United and Huddersfield Town.