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.
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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