Young Central Midfielder – I’m Really Happy At Newcastle


Mehdi Abeid made only his 6th appearance for the Newcastle first team last night at Gillingham,  after being at the club for three years, but the 22 year-old has looked good in pre-season and he benefited greatly from his loan spell at Greek club Panathinaikos last season, where he played 38 times and scored 10 goals.

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Mehdi Abeid in action last night

Newcastle beat Gillingham 1-0 at the Priestfield Stadium last night, although we had to rely on an own goal from former Sunderland player John Egan to advance.

The Algerian U23 International fitted in well last night, in what was a very decent performance from the lads – and the team did exactly what was needed.

Mehdi was asked about his future at Newcastle after the game:

“Of course, it’s nice to be back at Newcastle.” “It was a great season for me at Panathinaikos. I have to keep going, and do what I did last season.”

“I’m happy to be back. I’m in a big team, so I’m really happy.” “I want to learn and improve. I want to show to the coach what I can do.”

“It was great for me – I like to be on the ball to pass and help my team,” “I have to keep going in that way.”  “The most important thing was to win, and we did,” 

“We showed some character, and we have to keep going and improve game by game.” “I think we were in control of the game and played well.”

That’s a good attitude being shown there by Mehdi – and he seems like a very good professional.

When Mehdi first arrived on Tyneside from Lens as a free agent, he immediately impressed and made the trip to America in the summer of 2011, but then he fell out of favor and was almost sold in the summer for £300K to Panathinaikos.

But Mehdi showed he can get the job done for Newcastle in central midfield,  and he had a good workmanlike-like game last night for his 6th appearance for the Magpies.

We hope that Mehdi can come on this season, as he did so dramatically in Greece last season, and you’ve got to give this lad credit for showing some guts and revitalizing his career at Newcastle, when all seemed lost last summer.

We’d like to see a lot more first team appearances from the powerfully built lad this season – the more the better.

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134 comments so far

  • deeps

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:24 AM

    Comment #1

    Guys do you think arsenal will survive besiktas tonight??
    I was really impressed with besiktas in Turkey..played an open game with arsenal and completely outplayed them..I can see an upset happen tonight..

    And it would be good to see our very own debuchy drop out of champions league and go straight into the europa league 😉

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  • 70TWO

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:26 AM

    Comment #2

    Rotonda heights

    I am trying not to be negative in favour of being constructive about the tactics deployed, but I already know that my words can have no effect and I will inevitably begin to reproduce the P45due banner. What do you think are the positives from our first three competitive matches?

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:27 AM

    Comment #3

    T sage

    My only concern at the moment is missing chances. We seem to be creating enough of them, but whoever they fall to seem to fluff their lines. Even when we manage to hit the target it seems to be at the keeper.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:31 AM

    Comment #4

    I have not seen enough of mehdi to work out what he is for 😀

    Is he a Tiote type destructor? Is he a distributor? A power-runner? Box to Box? A combination of some or all the above? Answers on a postcard please

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #5

    markacus

    It is a concern, the last few years we’ve had either Remy or Ba, both clinical and now haven’t got that clinical forward…could be a problem as we don’t create many ‘clear’ chances so we need to be clinical.

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  • RTWDicB

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:35 AM

    Comment #6

    Sounded like Abeid pretty much ran the game last night. Not sure of the stats, but from the commentary seems like he didn’t put a foot wrong.

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  • 70TWO

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #7

    Markaccus @4

    From the radio commentary last night he seemed to be more productive than Sissoko in the midfield role. He was doing exactly what you would expect of a central player, putting his foot in and distributing passes, only he was also very wasteful with shots and free kicks but that will improve.

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  • Lost Plot

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:40 AM

    Comment #8

    You would think we’ve been beaten 4-0 the way the comments are drooling in lol

    Let’s wake up .. We put a healthy squad out last night (shows ambition) regardless of result : Gillingham’s keeper was the star of the night as we blasted on target most occasions throughout an opposition that we’re having there biggest game of the year (FACT)

    We’ve got 2 squads here at the Toon that is making hard decisions for a manager to select from which is what any manager wants

    Yes .. Pardew Has 2 Black & White Army’s

    H’way

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  • toonking

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:43 AM

    Comment #9

    LVG- sounds pardew like to me.
    “I am not shocked because I know what can happen,” he said. “A new team is not built in one month.

    “I also think Milton Keynes played very well, very aggressively and they had a little bit of luck with the goals.”

    Van Gaal said he wanted to look at “the second team and youth education” after Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Sunderland and would analyse the mistakes which “gave the match away”.

    He said: “We made too many errors. I have no regrets about my selection but the changes were risky.

    “I changed the way we played in the first half. We played one versus one over the whole pitch and when you see that. we created a lot of chances, but we were not lucky.”

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/sport/0/football/28947634

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:45 AM

    Comment #10

    70TWO

    I think the plus points from the first 3 games are we have some very good players. Mind you I always thought Cisse, Ben Arfa and MYM were good too.

    I think we have the potential to put out a cracking team if the manager could work with players, instead of jettisoning them.

    We even the luxury of playing SDJ as a false number 9 till Cisse is back.

    When all fit this is a hell of a team

    Krul

    Janmart MYM ?? Haidara

    Sissoko Abeid / Tiote Colback

    Ben Arfa SDJ Cabella

    Subs: Riviere, Cisse, Chucky, Perez, Aarons etc,

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  • 70TWO

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #11

    On last nights performance how do you justify relegating HBA to the reserves and then put Obertan in the first team? Again from the commentary, it was hardly a window shop performance but again a revelation of his inconsistencies. Providing driving runs down the flanks and the occassional cross, but also giving the ball away and little awareness.

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  • toonking

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:46 AM

    Comment #12

    stats for our game

    possession gil 37% NUFC 63%
    shots gil 3 NUFC 10
    on target gil 1 NUFC 5
    corners gil 3 NUFC 7

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  • John Tudor

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #13

    stats read diddly squat
    goals and points ,wins are evrything

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:50 AM

    Comment #14

    M

    His goals tally in Greece suggests he likes to get forward a lot. i know it was only a team at the bottom of a fledgling league 1 table but he could just turn out to be a carr special if given a chance.

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  • HoboToon

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #15

    Just watch, we are gonna draw citeh again, scum or brighton haha

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:51 AM

    Comment #16

    T sage

    I suppose if players were less reluctant to get into the box the chances might become better ones. Cant see us signing a clinical finisher now.

    70Two

    Cheers. Sounds like a promissing balanced MF. Heres hoping he comes through for us.

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  • Markaccus

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #17

    Rotonda

    Hopefully he gets enough games. If sissoko is out of form and tiote leaves we may end up banking on him!

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 27, 2014 at 9:54 AM

    Comment #18

    markacus

    We never get many players in the box under pardew, not in the last 3 and a half years, so can’t see that changing soon.

    That’s why it’s important we get a finisher.

    I think we will still score enough with what we have, but would be nice to have more.

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:00 AM

    Comment #19

    did any1 goto the match last night

    glad we one but its not good it came via an own goal
    would like some info if at all pos

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  • 70TWO

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:01 AM

    Comment #20

    Rotonda heights

    Agree they are good players. Pardew would say that it is down to injuries that he struggles to put the pieces together into a coordinated team, hence the appearance that players operating out of position. I often wonder why he persists on playing an isolated striker rather than utilising the plethora of attacking midfielders. Perhaps this is due to the tunneled vision of a ‘goal getter’ and the perception that Geordies must have a God like no.9.

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  • 70TWO

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #21

    Markaccus

    Would be very positive if he could perform equally well against Premier league opponents, even just ‘lower’ ones to begin with. With the current injuries he could potentially make the side against Palace.

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  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #22

    70TWO

    Don’t have a problem with a lone striker per se, Clive Allen was fantastic at it, just as long as the MF are getting up in support, rather than the non – movement in that area that we’ve seen in the last 3.5 years..

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:09 AM

    Comment #23

    I see woodman and Armstrong have been called up to the England under 18s surprised Aarons not had a call I did read Jamaica were going to get in contact with about playing for them

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:10 AM

    Comment #24

    transfer

    and that is the reason why we don’t score many goals,

    unless it’s a corner or free kick we only normally have one player in the box , and he is marked out of the game ,

    people asking for a proven goal scorer , why not use cisse , he has proved in the past that he knows where the goals is , all he lacks is chances and support , when he had cabaye and HBA feeding him he was on fire, since then folk expect the same results with 1 him playing right wing or 2 up front all alone feeding of scraps,

    rvp is one of the best in the world, but last season , he was poor , the manager played defensive football and starved him of the ball, he ended up taking the huff with moyes, the same way ba did when he was moved wide left with no affect,

    people are saying chances are being created , but I don’t remember many chances being created for our main forward , so with so few chances how can he be judged ?

    our very own shearer struggled under ghulit , ghulit had him running channels , the first thing SBR said to shearer was stop that , I want you in the box , we will get the ball to you, so far I see rivi running everywhere but at goal ,

    we need more bodies up the pitch making space and putting balls in the box

    then judge him / them

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  • spudzzz

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:16 AM

    Comment #25

    very strong starting line up for newcastle in the first round of the capital one cup !! biggest surprise of the season for me…Does that actually mean we might take one of the cups seriously !

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  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:20 AM

    Comment #26

    70Two,
    Sorry had to nip to a meeting. To answer your question re the nickname Chucky, it was apparently given to him by his grandparents as he was a little horror as a child. I presume, although do not know for certain, it will be a reference to the Childsplay films where Chucky was the killer doll.

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  • Transfer Sage

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:21 AM

    Comment #27

    catchy

    We never do create many chances but we do create some and in the past under pardew he has had remy and ba (both capable of taking a wider variety of chances than cisse in my opinion).

    Without a clinical finisher (we might have one, not sure yet) Pardew might be in bother.

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  • lesh

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #28

    Rotonda heights

    I’m certainly not being an advocate of Pardew’s tactics or spin.

    It’s just that in some posters’ eyes, we can do nothing right – we could win a game by a country mile and still Pardew’d get slated.

    He’s not the best by any means but the fact is, we’ve got him and he’s central to Ashley’s plans for the club – keep us in the Prem, reap the rewards, spend as little as possible and see a nice cash surplus build up thus enabling Ashley to call in the £120m or whatever he’s owed and sell up at a price that’s realistic.

    As said, we’re stuck with Pardew unless he fouls up big time so it looks as though all the ‘Pardew out’ shouts are a complete waste of effort and we’ve just got to be patient, and hope.

    As far as polls are concerned, they’ll never have any great credibility on this site until there’s a mechanism put in place that’ll only allow one vote per person. That’s near impossible without cost in Ed’s time and I think we’d all agree that he’s got better things to do with it.

    So, there now, that’s today’s rant out of the way.

    Lost Plot – you’re asking the near impossible if you hoping to see that Pardew and Ashley will be cut some slack.

    Pardew bashing’s become an obsession with some of our fellow readers.

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  • 70TWO

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:25 AM

    Comment #29

    My team for Palace would be:
    ——Riviere ———- Cabella
    ——————Siem
    ——Abeid ———– Sissoko
    —————–Anita
    Haidarra – Collo – Willo – Janmat
    ——————Krul

    Play a midfield diamond and give Riviere some relief from leading the line, opting instead to stretch the oppositions defence across the field and allow holes to develop for the midfield to play through. The full backs are also able to provide width although their main role is to defend. I could see Anita and Abeid swapping positions but would like the formers experience to provide defensive cover.

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  • lesh

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #30

    There’s one thing for sure and that’s that there’ll be no striker coming in this window.

    Why? Cisse’s not far away from fitness so Pardew’ll have been told to make do with what he’s got available to him and the situation’ll be reviewed next window.

    By which time, we’ll have nowt to play for apart from avoiding the drop.

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  • beermonkey

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:28 AM

    Comment #31

    lesh

    are you expecting a chunk of the debt to have been repaid when the accounts come out next year

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  • 70TWO

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:29 AM

    Comment #32

    catchy in norway

    Was just thinking of you and your ‘goals from inside the box’ stat, or the lack there of and last night was a prime example of wingers having nothing to hit.

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  • 70TWO

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #33

    Lilongwe Geordie

    Cheers, thought it must be a reference to the film character but was linking it to the little man Armstrong….it must be the high fore head!

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  • Slank

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:34 AM

    Comment #34

    RTWDicB @ 6

    ‘..Sounded like Abeid pretty much ran the game last night…’

    That’s how I heard it on the radio. The two commentators said that he completely overshadowed Sissoko.

    Abeid must now be in close contention for a starting place in midfield but replacing who ?

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  • Go toon gooooo

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #35

    Mehdi Abeid is a good player and deserves place in Newcastle team.Strong player,plays with both legs and if he battles with Colback for the same position then Colback needs to be on the bench.I think that Roman Amalfitano was talent also but he was unlucky because Pardew wants players like Sissoko and Anita to create the game and that is silly.At this moment Mehdi will be excellent replacement of extraordinary player Remy Cabella.And batlle for other position-defensive midfielder is Tiote,Sissoko,Colback for one player to play and other two on the bench.And the problem is that disoriented Pardew will play all three players at once.And Newcastle will have zero goals.Who will pierce through opponents defense?No one.11 players are already there.

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  • catchy in norway

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #36

    Lesh

    can you list the things pardew is good at or even adequate at

    I no you are not a fan of his , but in order for me to understand , may be you should point it out,

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  • John Tudor

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:37 AM

    Comment #37

    he should replace the man who cant head the ball sissy koko

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  • Slank

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #38

    Go toon gooooo @ 35

    ‘..plays with both legs…’

    Wow, that’s relief.

    Can’t possibly have players with only one leg.

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  • John Tudor

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #39

    i thought at least he could wipe his own butt
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXgGQQgV5zU

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  • lesh

    Aug 27, 2014 at 10:42 AM

    Comment #40

    catchy in norway

    No, I can’t readily list Pardew’s qualities – they’re too numerous!

    All I’m saying Catchy is that unless he cocks up big time, we’re stuck with him so all the bleating in the world’ll not get rid of him.

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