Mehdi Abeid has played really well for Newcastle in our last couple of games, and expect the Algerian to start in defensive midfield on Sunday at West Brom, although we don’t know what the status of Cheick Tiote is at the moment.
Mehdi Abeid – in action against Liverpool
And it’s not really too much of a surprise that the Algerian selectors have noted his performances against two of the best teams in England, and have now called him up for their African Cup of Nations qualifiers at home to Ethiopia on 15th November and at Mali four days later.
The Algerian manager Christian Gourcuff has been pleased with the way Mehdi has played for Newcastle this season, and the player must have a decent chance of going to the finals, with Algeria almost certain to qualify.
But we wonder if the Ebola epidemic will have any impact on those games being played?
Alan Pardew has been extremely pleased with both the form and the attitude of the 22 year-old:
“I actually thought he was better at Man City than against Liverpool, because he’s a good passer. He has good strength, good discipline and a good mentality.”
“He earned the right to play on Saturday, and hopefully he is one of the young players that could be a regular for us.”
We’ve already had Rolando Aarons show what he can do at Newcastle this season, and Gabby Obertan played very well before getting injured on Saturday – and unfortunately the Frenchman has a torn thigh muscle and will be out of action a number of months.
But Mehdi could be the biggest surprise this season, and if he can keep playing like he has done in the last two games, he will almost definitely get lots of games for the Newcastle first team this season.
And it’s not really too much of a surprise we suppose, after he was in top form last season at Panathinaikos, where he scored 10 goals in 38 appearances for the Greek side and got rave reviews.
Keep it up Mehdi.
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