Pardew Praise For The Comeback Kid

It’s always good to see a Newcastle player whose Newcastle career seemed over a year ago – come roaring back – and that’s exactly what has happened to our Algerian U23 International Mehdi Abeid, who Newcastle  signed as a free agent from Lens three years ago.

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Mehdi Abeid – in action in pre-season

It looked like his career was over in January of last year,  when he was sent out on loan to St. Johnstone, and then he was sent on a season long loan to Greek club Panathinaikos, where he played 38 games with 10 goals and had a terrific season.

Panathinaikos qualified for the Champions League and won the Greek Cup.

With the 13 games he played on loan at St. Johnstone, he has played 51 first team games since a year last January – so he’s had a lot of playing time, and he’s improved a lot.

This is what Alan Pardew has told the Shields Gazette (Miles Starforth):

“I’ve spoken to him this week.” “I’ve been impressed with him in his pre-season work, and he’s closer now than he’s ever been to the first team.”

“I think he’ll be all year battling for a place. He hasn’t started, as you know, but he’s very much in my thoughts.”

“It was a season where he did absolutely terrifically on loan,” “There are still question marks, obviously, but he’s a lot closer to the group.”

Newcastle play Gillingham on Tuesday night in the Capital One Cup, and Mehdi could get a start in that game.

However, Alan Pardew must be sure he puts out a strong enough side to win that game, but we haven’t been too successful in doing that since Mike Ashley bought the club in the summer of 2007.

We hope Mehdi can do (very) well this season at Newcastle.

Comments welcome.

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2 comments so far

  • Laurent Robert 32

    Aug 23, 2014 at 12:18 AM

    Comment #1

    I think Mehdi is a promising player if coached correctly.

  • Premiership Manager

    Aug 23, 2014 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #2

    The lack of youth players breaking through into the first team is one of the biggest concerns regarding both the coaching and running of the club.

    Tavernier, Campbell, Fergusson, Vuckic, Armstrong, Aarons, Good, Bigirimana, Kemen, and Abied were all hailed as stars in the making, however the development of these players has been a major failing of the club.

    They need both the incentive and rewards for playing for the club and that starts with first team football and not being loaned out to second rate clubs.

    Putting players in like Obertan who is a stand off player who still can’t put a tackle in if his life depended on it is totally unacceptable, he like many of the other under achievers/performers need to be shipped out and the kids need to be given their chance.

    Two years ago Bigirimana looked like a great player in the making however his career has been stifled by the lack of or over coaching, whereby all his natural talents and ability have been coached out of him.

    I just hope that Pardew gives both young Aarons and Perez a chance this term. Perez for me looks a better player than Riviere and given his chance could be a very good signing for us. Aarons could go on to be one of the best players to come out of the club but they need to be managed and coached properly and that starts with Pardew and the coaching staff giving them the opportunity they need to prove themselves.


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