News today that 21 year-old Newcastle Algerian midfielder Mehdi Abeid may be on his way out of the club after spending a very successful season out on loan at top Greek club Panathinaikos.
Mehdi Abeid – excellent season out on loan in Greece
There are reports that hard up club Panathinaikos have made an initial bid of 300K for the former French youth star who played for the French U16, U17 and U18 sides, before joining Newcastle three years ago as a free agent from Lens.
Last season Mehdi played 38 times for the Super League side and scored a good 10 goals, and he helped them to win the Greek Cup and also qualify for the Champions League, so it may look to be an attractive move for the player who turns 22 in August.
Mehdi has played only five times for the Newcastle first team, but we are hoping he will get his chance this pre-season by manager Alan Pardew, but it could be he is sold before that time
Mehdi could be joining an exodus of our younger players out of the club this summer, and Conor Newton has already joined Rotherham United, and players like James Tavernier, Haris Vuckic, Shane Ferguson and Sammy Ameobi could follow them out of the door before September rolls around.
Newcastle have been singularly unsuccessful in bringing young players through the ranks to the first team over the last seven years, and that record has to improve.
The latest big hope is 17 year-old local lad Adam Armstrong who could make a breakthrough into the first team next season – hopefully.
Written from London, England.