Mehdi Abeid was our Man of the Match on Saturday with over 40% of the vote, and he had a great game against Liverpool, and he played just as well in the game at Manchester City, and helped Newcastle to another famous win – our first win ever at the Etihad Stadium.
Mehdi Abeid challenges Steven Gerrard
It looked like Mehdi’s career was over a year last January, when no English club came in for him, and he was sent out on loan to St, Johnstone where he played 9 games.
But last season he was on loan at Panathinaikos and was a regular and played close to 40 games and scored 10 goals, and Alan Pardew gave him another chance and the youngster has taken it.
We expect the Algerian selectors to be taking notice of Mehdi’s form, and expect him to be called into the senior squad very soon.
On Saturday there were more than 52000 fans packed into St. James’ Park for the game and they witnessed a terrific game from the lad who was making his Premier League debut.
This is what Mehdi has said in an interview he has given:
“It has been unreal,’ “To play against big sides like Manchester City and Liverpool in one week is fantastic. I am getting more and more experience and learning what it is like to play against big players.”
“But I have to keep my head down and work every day to prove that I can be a solution for the team and for the coach.” “You don’t know how pleased I am – but I am not finished.”
“I need to work every day and I want to judge myself against the big players.” ‘I know that some days will be good and some bad, but I have been passionate and worked hard for four years – which have been difficult.”
“But that is the way I work and play my football.” “I felt I grew a lot in Greece,’ “I played 40 games and got a lot of experience. I grew up as a player and as a man – I want to keep going in that way.”
‘I feel I’m a better player. I wanted to play football and that’s what I got. Now it’s about the next level and taking my chance.” ‘The Premier League is the biggest in the world and to be part of it is great.”
“It’s nice to be back and involved. I had a great season at Panathinaikos. but now I need to build on that and show it here.’
Abeid has always had a great temperament and a good attitude, and when he first arrived over three years ago as a free agent from Lens, he made the American tour that summer, and he was just 18.
But after the first season he tailed off, but has now come back strongly – after that season long loan spell in Greece, where he seems to have grown in his football and as a man – seems to have done the trick.
Alan Pardew had this to say about his new young defensive midfield star:.
“Mehdi has good strength, good discipline, is a good passer and has a good mentality.” “He has earned the right to play.”
“Hopefully he could be one of the young players who can be a regular for us this season.”
Mehdi is right in that he needs to keep his head down and train hard, and not get carried away with his own success, which often leads to the demise of young players.
But after coming back so well after his career seemed completely over at Newcastle, something tells us this lad will keep his feet firmly on the ground.
Mehdi can become a big success for Newcastle United this season.
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