Mehdi Abeid’s career seemed to be over at Newcastle in January of last year, when he was loaned out to St. Johnstone after playing only 5 games for Newcastle in the previous two seasons – and bigger clubs like those in the Championship didn’t come in for him,
Mehdi Abeid in action at Gillingham
And then in the summer, Greek side Panathinaikos took him on loan last season, and the rest is history as they say, and Mehdi played 38 games with 10 goals in Greece and had a terrific season.
So in the one and a half seasons since a year last January Abeid has played 51 games to add to his previous 24 first team appearances at Lens and Newcastle.
Mehdi has always had the technical ability, and he looked a (very) good player at Gillingham, and if Newcastle are to do well this season it will mean younger fringe players such as Mehdi, Rolando Aarons, Adam Armstrong, Lubo Satka and others come though at the club.
This is what Abeid told the Shields Gazette today:
“I didn’t know what would be my future,” “But now it is clearer in my head.” “I want to keep going that way and show people that I can improve myself here.”
“The Premier League is a big league in the world,” “Playing at that level would be great for me.” “I have to be patient and I have to work.” “
“I got some experience and played a lot of games last season” “It’s a lot of experience for me.” “I grew up as a player and as a man.” “I want to keep going.”
“I really learnt a lot there. I played a lot.” “I wanted to play football, and that is what I did. I want to pass another level.”
We don’t know whether Jack Colback and Cheick Tiote will be fit enough for the Southampton game, although both could be ready – but Mehdi could see his big chance in that game.
We also have to remember he’s still only played six times for the Newcastle first team over the last three years.
Mehdi has an excellent chance this season to show that he can become a (very) good player for Newcastle, and he does add some creativity to the side with his very good technical skills.
We hope Mehdi takes his chance big time – and he certainly seems to have the right attitude and mindset these days – thanks to a maturing season in Greece last term.
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