Newcastle Must Give This Youngster A Chance


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.

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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.

Comments welcome.

Written from London, England.



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13 comments so far

  • Lew Davies

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Another Joke 👿

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  • firebug666

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:27 AM

    Comment #2

    The price offered is rubbish, I think we need to keep Mehdi here, it looks like we may need him this season.

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  • Lew Davies

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:34 AM

    Comment #4

    Ah right, Siem is injured at the moment, so Fatty will be smelling another bargain.
    Can actually see us getting both these brothers this summer now.
    Come on down

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  • Spoof

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:35 AM

    Comment #5

    300k, that has to be a joke and a sick one at that, that is a 1970’s type of fee, mind they may be looking at what we offer other clubs for their players and say what is good for the goose is good for the gander.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:36 AM

    Comment #6

    pardew strikes again!! Surely Abeid and Bigirimana are worth another look. I thought ash wanted our youngsters to start coming through and these 2 looked half decent? Dummet is a championship player at best but genius pardew keeps him!

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  • Spoof

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:43 AM

    Comment #7

    Firebug, that is a rehash of an old story, I hope we don’t get Siem as he is dreadful, takes him an age to turn around, in the prem he would be like a lamb to the slaughter.

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  • Spoof

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #8

    Alan Pardew no longer deals with transfers, he may express a preferance, but he doesn’t sell or buy anyone.

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  • beermonkey

    Jun 27, 2014 at 8:51 AM

    Comment #9

    still early days in the transfer window

    lack of players coming in is a concern but not as much as some of the players we looking to get shot of

    abied had a great season and we should be looking to getting him in the championship then we can asses from there whether to sell or keep

    mbiwa first full season didn’t impress but played out of position great amounts of potential needs another season

    Sammy did well when called upon and deserved more games also if goofy is injured or playing as a striker who have we got to put on the left

    travs an odd one I would be inclined to give him an extra year and let him go back to Rotherham onloan a season in the championship regular footie could

    the vuckics and fergursons that could nail down a spot in there loan clubs should be moved on

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  • bladeuser

    Jun 27, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #10

    Where is your top 12 when it comes to siem de jong i will tell u
    nowhere because he is not good enough
    all we r after is loans and cast offs anything else and it is another lie to reel u in again and knowing u lot it will probably work no wonder this great club is in a mess its not ashley its u lot

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  • voodoo85

    Jun 27, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #11

    If we sell Mehdi for 300K then thats crazy after a good loan spell. Gotta ask whats the point of doing these loans if they either do poorly and we then release them or they do well and we sell them off for penny’s.

    Many other clubs loan youngsters out to get them experience etc and then bring them back into the fold, why can’t we at least give the lad a chance

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  • Whumpie

    Jun 27, 2014 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #12

    Newcastle have been singularly unsuccessful in bringing young players through the ranks”

    Really? Based on what? Compared to whom?

    Krul Carroll, Armstrong? This “singularly unsuccessful” youth development programme has more players at the World cup than all but 3 clubs on the planet.

    The vast majority of promising reserve team players never make it – that 8s 5he norm. As usual we ignore facts in favour of any opinion that supports a reason to have a dig at the club.

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  • JP...from The Rock

    Jun 27, 2014 at 1:18 PM

    Comment #13

    Whats the point in sending youngsters out on loan to develop into better players only to flog them out on the cheap when they do become better?

    This board makes me sick, the way we run things is all messed up, no wonder we in shambles.

    Ashley and co have turned us into a joke of a club with no knowledge of how to properly run things and it only gets worse!

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