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.
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.
Note: Paul Lawson is a NUFC season ticket holder living in Birmingham, and wonders if there are any other season ticket holders in the area, so they can share the car expenses to Newcastle – you can contact Paul at 07969296054.
You can follow us on our three social media sites below: