Much Improved Player Proves Loan System Works

Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid may have thought his Newcastle career was over when he was shipped out a year last August,  on a season long loan deal to Panathinaikos in Greece.

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Mehdi Abeid in action against Liverpool

But it didn’t take long for Alan Pardew to begin receiving some rave reports about Mehdi’s performances, and he went on to play 38 games and scored 10 goals for Panathinaikos, and he was one of their very best players.

Alan Pardew took a good look at him in the summer and decided to keep Abeid at Newcastle as part of the first team squad, and he has played four times this season so far, including the last couple of games, and 9 times total for the Newcastle first team.

But he is almost certain to start tomorrow at West Brom, and he should add significantly to his number of Newcastle appearances this season.

Alan Pardew has no doubt that the 22 year-old came back from Greece an improved player:

“It’s interesting that Mehdi has a call-up for Algeria and has a chance of making the Africa Cup of Nations,” “That’s something which is concerning me a bit, because he’s done really well.”

“He’s got a great opportunity this time. He’s definitely a gauge for other young players – not just at this club, but other Premier League clubs.”

“He’s shown that going on loan can help massively. He came back from that loan spell with Panathinaikos last season a much better player.” “It’s a system I’ve always believed in.”

“We have players out on loan at the moment,  and we’ll continue to do that because I think it works.” “He was a bit unlucky when he first came because he had Cheick Tiote and Yohan Cabaye in front of him. That was tough.”

“Then Moussa Sissoko came and Jack this summer, and we’ve been fairly strong in that department, but he’s been pushing hard.”

Newcastle probably haven’t used the loan system enough, apart from the last couple of seasons, and it really does give the youngsters a chance to get first team games, mature and become better players when they return to Newcastle.

Who would have thought after his performance against Liverpool last Saturday – that game was Mehdi’s debut appearances in the Premier league.

We would be very surprised by the time we play QPR at home in a couple of weeks, if Mehdi Abeid is not a full Algerian International by then.

And yes, we could lose him for January and some of February when he is likely to get into the Algerian squad for the African Cup of Nations.

But that’s also when Vurnon Anita can earn his money at Newcastle,  if both Tiote and Abeid are away in Morocco representing their countries.

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15 comments so far

  • nightfa11

    Nov 9, 2014 at 12:13 AM

    Comment #1

    true..but hes the only one who went to a decent club.. other youngsters were sent to coca cola league..

  • Dulcinera

    Nov 9, 2014 at 12:14 AM

    Comment #2

    I’ve always supported Pardew since he’s been here, even though we deserve a more proven manager but if he drops Abeid when Tiote comes back i will personally slap him in the face! this guys been immense recently and deserves his slot in the team and Tiote shouldn’t just walk back in

  • Graeme

    Nov 9, 2014 at 12:29 AM

    Comment #3

    Abeid has been a revalation since the season started. Injuries forced P45DUE’s hand and he suddenly found he had a player that was far better than he realised!!

    Thankfully, Tiote is still unavailable since chipping his nail polish, or kicking himself, so Abeid will continue.

    If and when Tiote returns, it needs to be in the reserves, until he proves his fitness and then he can warm the bench until such times as he is the better player or injury steps in!!

  • Dulcinera

    Nov 9, 2014 at 12:35 AM

    Comment #4


    Agreed. But it has to be said, Until this season Abeid hasn’t proved he’s deserved his place in the team. he came here with
    expectaions but failed to live up to them in his first few seasons. He went to Greece and proved himself.

    It’s all to easy to slate Tiote but when he’s played this season he was one of our better players and that shouldn’t be forgotten. When he’s fit he will return to the team but if Abeid can keep up this form then Tiote shouldn’t walk back in anytime soon

  • Graeme

    Nov 9, 2014 at 12:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Dulcinera – as long as P45DUE doesnt play his usual trick of dropping a well performing player for a “purple” I would have no problem.

    Tiote is after a move, Abeid is after his place – there is a huge difference. At the moment Abeid is the better player and until Tiote proves otherwise, his rightful place is on the bench!!

  • Dulcinera

    Nov 9, 2014 at 12:50 AM

    Comment #6


    Why do you think Tiote is pushing for a move? Toon fans always think there better players are pushing for a move bcus they are linked to better clubs but i direct you to this….

    It has been reported that Cheick Tiote has insisted he is still committed to Newcastle amid reports earlier this week he wants to leave the club.

    Cheick Tiote

    The 28 year old Ivory Coast international, who has also been linked with Arsenal, moved to quell fears that he was poised to ask for a transfer.

    He told the club’s official website: “I saw the quotes that appeared yesterday, but they are not accurate.

    “Yes, there was some interest in me over the summer and that can be a bit distracting, but nothing came of it.

    “I’m back to full fitness and only thinking about doing my best for the team. We are not in a good position in the league right now and I want to get us up to where we should be.

    “I am as committed as I have ever been to Newcastle.”

  • jimmysmith

    Nov 9, 2014 at 1:31 AM

    Comment #7

    Expat, I agree there’s little reason to think Ashley is focusing on cementing a top 6 spot, at least at this stage, but if run sustainably and well, and I see no reason to think that isn’t happening, then a Newcastle punching at its natural weight would you imagine as matter of course find itself knocking on the door, in and out of Europe, quite possibly or even probably winning a domestic cup and even occasionally enjoying a standout season and winning a champions league berth. You’d almost have to undermine the club to stop that, and how would that be in his interests.

    He could do more considering his wealth, but it seems to me very unlikely and out of character that such a successful individual would deliberately choose to do less.

  • Sliema

    Nov 9, 2014 at 1:59 AM

    Comment #8

    The loan system has always worked. Yet we only work this out in 2014 do we?

    We don’t have enough out on loan actually. But I prefer seeing them don the black n white when they’re bushy-tailed.

    Giving them a chance in the first team is the only way they ever get to that next level. Hate it when managers ‘protect’ young players. Totally unnecessary.

  • Chris

    Nov 9, 2014 at 2:57 AM

    Comment #9


    Why do you think Tiote ISN’T pushing for a move?

    It’s all very well for him to say that the quotes were inaccurate, but in what way? Tiote’s first language is French, he was conducting an interview in French and his comments were reported in a French language newspaper, so there can’t have been much confusion there:

    From what I can see, nothing seems to have got lost in translation when it began to be reported in the English press, so how can Tiote argue that those reports weren’t accurate? He didn’t deny that he’d said those things – he just said that there HAD been some interest from other clubs but that nothing came of it.

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 9, 2014 at 3:53 AM

    Comment #10


  • Brutooon

    Nov 9, 2014 at 4:33 AM

    Comment #11

    Please don’t play Anita – he is useless.

    the only midfield in the world who dont know how to pass forward

  • Slank

    Nov 9, 2014 at 7:08 AM

    Comment #12

    The loan system does work but not for every player.

    A player has to want to succeed and has to be determined to make it at his temporary home.

    The player also needs some good fortune in that there is a position that he can fill on a regular basis. Odd-hoc appearances just don’t work.

    It has worked for Abeid and Dummitt but hasn’t for Ferguson and Campbell.

  • Slank

    Nov 9, 2014 at 7:13 AM

    Comment #13

    Reyantoon @ 10

    That looks like the team Pardew may play as Tiote is definitely out whilst Cisse and Aarons are doubtful. I have no idea about whether Riviere is fit. If he is fit he may be in contention with Perez.

    The only question mark is whether Pardew will pick Raylor over Gouffran.

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 9, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #14

    I think he most likely will pick Goufran bcoz has better pace than Rtaylor. May be Ryan will get some game time in 2nd HF together with Aarons.
    If we win today,I feel we do, what a time it will be…
    not only in the nick of int’l break,but also in contention to push for European places.If u are inside top ten,u always look to finish in top six.Esp
    If we score first,the game’ll be easier to win it..

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 9, 2014 at 7:38 AM

    Comment #15

    Great opportunity for us to enter inside top ten.But yesterday it was raining in almost all stadiums, so probably will rain in our game too. And the game may get ugly so does the pitch, that is the main factor that may halt us from earning good result.
    Anyway, still will be cracking game.. GLuck


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