We’re pretty sure that Mehdi Abeid will have a good career in football in future years, and the only question at the moment is whether that will be at Newcastle United.
Mehdi Abeid – waiting for his chance on Tyneside
The midfielder only turned 22 last August, so he still quite young, and he’s made only two appearances for the Magpies so far this season – and only seven appearances in total since he joined us three years ago, as a free agent from Lens.
But last season Mehdi impressed immensely at Panathinaikos in Greece where he played 38 times with 10 goals, and the top Greek side were very keen to sign him on a permanent basis.
Alan Pardew decided to give Mehdi his chance this season on Tyneside – and that was a good decision.
Currently Mehdi finds his way to the first team blocked by players such as Cheick Tiote, Vurnon Anita and local lad Jack Colback.
But when he has played for the first team, the technically gifted French Youth International (U16, U17 and U18) and Algerian U23 International has done well, and looked a (very) good player.
This is what Mehdi has said about things at Newcastle today:
“I know that I can show a lot to my team-mates and the gaffer.” “I know that I can be a solution this season and if I get a chance, I will do my best for everybody.”
“I’m going to keep going, play my football and see what happens.” “Hopefully, I can prove myself here.”
Alan Pardew seems reticent to give some of our younger players a start in the Premier League, and he seems to rely – probably too much – on our more experienced players, who have not played well so far this season.
It was something Newcastle used to be criticized for in the past – and how much you cost the club often decided whether you played or not.
And even recently Pardew had a chance, after Adam Armstrong’s great performance in the League Cup at Crystal Palace, to give him a start in the Premier League.
But the manager didn’t do that, and lately Adam hasn’t even made the bench, although he scored another two good goals for a Newcastle team earlier this week against Burnley at Benton, and he looks a top future prospect for the Magpies.
We know it’s often very difficult bringing young players through the ranks, and Alan keeps talking about all the great young players he’s brought through to the first team at other clubs.
But that hasn’t been the case at Newcastle, and maybe Alan has to give some of our younger players their chance – and they would include players like Adam, as well as Mehdi Abeid.
If you give them a start in the Premier League they may just surprise the manager by playing very well – but they need the chance to do that.
What do you think?
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