The Most Important Thing Is To Play For Newcastle

Algeria have already qualified for the African Cup of Nations tournament, but exactly where that tournament will take place starting early January is not known, after Morocco pulled out of hosting the tournament because of concerns about the Ebola outbreak.

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Mehdi Abeid in action against Liverpool

Morocco wanted to delay the tournament for a year because of concerns about the potential spread of the Ebola virus, but the
Confederation of African Football (CAF) say they will name the new location in just a couple of days, so it looks as though the tournament will still be going ahead despite concerns over Ebola.

It is the first senior call-up by Algeria for Newcastle’s defensive midfielder Mehdi Abeid, and he could even make his full debut in the Group B game against Ethiopia tomorrow night.

This is what Mehdi has told the Shields Gazette today:

“It’s my first time with the senior national team,” “I’m really happy I’ve been called up. It’s great for me.”

“Of course the AFCON is in my mind,” “It will depend on the choice of the manager.”  “I have a chance, and I will try to do my best, but the most important thing is to play for Newcastle.”

“We will see what will be.”  “I want to impose myself here, and then think of my national team. My first thought is to play a lot of games for Newcastle.”

Algeria have already qualified for the finals and currently stand 6 points cleat at the top of Group B, so the results of their final two group games don’t matter all that much.

We’d be very surprised if Mehdi doesn’t make the full Algerian squad for the tournament, but that does mean Newcastle  will be without him from early January and for up to six weeks potentially. 🙁

Our other two top African players Papiss Cisse and Cheick Tiote could also be away during that period.

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56 comments so far

  • Phil K

    Nov 14, 2014 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #1

    Maybe give a chance to another up and coming young midfielder ? Mehdi’s grabbed his chance with both hands. Obertan’s out just when he had got the fans on his side and looked REALLY good. Looks like God, Jupiter, Zeus, Buddha, Apollo and all the rest with their Man U, Liverpool and Arsenal red and white scarves on, are about to kick us in the nuts again !

  • martoon

    Nov 14, 2014 at 9:44 AM

    Comment #2

    I really can’t see the ACON being held this year. Even if the venue is switched and assuming it can be re-organised by January I anticipate a lot of the players will be reluctant to go. Very hard on fans who may have had travel and accomodation booked for Morocco – imagine if the Euros switched country 2 months before the tournament!

  • beermonkey

    Nov 14, 2014 at 9:59 AM

    Comment #3


    I tend to agree with you and hope its cancelled I wouldn’t go as a supporter and I wouldn’t want to go as a player and as a hosting nation is it worth the risk

  • lesh

    Nov 14, 2014 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #4

    Sent the ACoN to Quatar, they’re keen to host major events!

  • lesh

    Nov 14, 2014 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #5


    Send the ACoN to Quatar or Russia. See if hey’re keen to host this one as well ae tye World Cup!

  • Son of Geordie

    Nov 14, 2014 at 10:44 AM

    Comment #6

    If Cisse, Abeid and Tiote all get selected it highlights the importance of strengthening the squad in the summer.

  • over the line

    Nov 14, 2014 at 10:51 AM

    Comment #7



  • Son of Geordie

    Nov 14, 2014 at 10:53 AM

    Comment #8

    Especially since Tiote and Abeid are competing for similar starting positions. Colback could slot in, but imho he is better played further up the field.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:01 AM

    Comment #9

    saw a bit of the under 21s last night the score could have been a lot more was that down to us or more to do with the fact stoke were poor

    the other thing I noticed was they seemed to play what looked like the same 433 that the first team have adopted in our winning run could this be why the kids have done so well as there playing in a system they know well

  • mag92

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:04 AM

    Comment #10

    The cheque book, will have to come out in January!

  • expatmag

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:19 AM

    Comment #11


    I doubt it. Ashley has given it to dirty derek

  • barkel

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #12

    Rtaylor or Anita will be cover when the others go out to ACON – Pards might even try Santon in there again. It’s unlikely we’ll be buying to cover the possible 3/4 that go.

  • beermonkey

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #13


    dirty dereck lol

    all dirty derick got was deep fried mars bars to give to mcoist to keep him happy

  • Kris

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:27 AM

    Comment #14

    Really liked what I saw from Cullum Roberts, Daniel Barlaser and Liam Gibson last night. All of them are just 17 years old – they can be really good players! Hopefully they can push for the first team sometime in next two years. Good prospect.

  • expatmag

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Comment #15


    Yeah. 3 million pounds worth….lol

  • geordielad880

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #16

    callum roberts was the stand out for me

  • geordielad880

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:47 AM

    Comment #17

    he has fantastic composure for a young lad, a great touch, and a decent shot on him, his movement is so instictive, which is great to see, a one to watch for the future

  • beermonkey

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #18


    was Roberts on the wing

  • mag92

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:56 AM

    Comment #19

    A few January signings to freshen the squad up!

  • Kris

    Nov 14, 2014 at 11:58 AM

    Comment #20


    Roberts played on the wing. Though he played both at the left and the right yesterday.

  • Kris

    Nov 14, 2014 at 12:00 PM

    Comment #21


    First time I saw Roberts last night. But on that I saw i totally agree with your view. He looks very decent on his age to be. Fantastic touches and good movement with the ball.

  • geordie157

    Nov 14, 2014 at 12:18 PM

    Comment #22

    Roberts looked like an exciting prospect and if last nights game is anything to go by, he will be in and around the first team very soon.

    I wasnt fussed on Campbell but i thought Heardman looked pretty good, was hoping to see Gilliead get more of a run out.

    I also thought Bigi looked pretty average, think Abeid is miles ahead of him now. Bigi needs to get out and get first team football, even if that means going down to league two i think it would benefit him.

    The ginge left back, Liam Gibson also looked fairly solid, as did the rest of the back four, with Satka looking very compsed and Gillesphey being the more no nonsense type of centre back. Barlaser did alright considering he’s naturally a right winger.

  • dazzler

    Nov 14, 2014 at 12:30 PM

    Comment #23

    Missed the game last night, but it’s good to hear good things about our youth players. Was interested to see how Campbell did, as I have never really been impressed by him.

    What style of play did the team play in, similar to the first team?

  • geordielad880

    Nov 14, 2014 at 12:32 PM

    Comment #24

    he played almost a free role, his movement is so good for his age, he is definately a prospect for the future

  • geordie157

    Nov 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #25

    I think the formation last night was 4231, like this, i’ve added my ratings, i may be being a bit harsh on Bigi but i expected more from him. Alnwick had little to do but looked a bit suspect from crosses.

    Alnwick 6
    Barlaser 7, Satka 7, Gillesphey 7, Gibson 7
    Taylor 8, Bigi 6
    Roberts 8, Campbell 6, Vuckic 7
    Heardman 6

    Vuckic’s quality was evident but he gets knocked off the ball too easily

    Hope the under 21’s will be on tv again this season, would like to see Kemen, Mbabu etc.

    looking at the Stoke side last night, our young players aren’t as bad as some think although the presence of Raylor in the side must have helped a lot too. Stoke’s side looked very average we should have been out of sight by half time, Vuckic in particular having several good chances.

  • mag92

    Nov 14, 2014 at 12:41 PM

    Comment #26

    Campbell, won’t be a premier league striker!

  • Kris

    Nov 14, 2014 at 1:05 PM

    Comment #27

    I though Birgirmana was one the best players on the pitch last night. Was good at that level – but it’s a long way to the PL.

  • jayphoto

    Nov 14, 2014 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #28

    Was hoping to see Ferrerya last night! Heardman looked akward! Think campbell has some attributes but i think if he were going to be a PL striker he’d have broken through more by now! We’re weak up top really yet hes still 7th? Choice as striker! (Im assuming wed play gouff up top over him there)
    Were kemen and Mbabu on international duty?

  • Kris

    Nov 14, 2014 at 1:16 PM

    Comment #29

    Kemen is, but I dont think Mbabu is.

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 14, 2014 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #30


    From yesterday…

    I do believe Qatar are small nation with small population, but has enormous resources(the majority even hasn’t been touched yet),that enables them build air conditioned fan rest areas,hotels and bars
    Small nation doesn’t necessary mean they will be forced to build close stadiums
    Like I said above, they have untouched free areas able them build reasonable spaced training areas & stadiums.
    I don’t think drink will be a problem too as long as you enjoy it safely and orderly.If Alcohol is the main issue, FIFA won’t award them in the first place.As for possible fan violence, I think that is FIFA’s duty to allocate security forces for the tournament,apart from Qatar itself ( I believe FIFA has it’s own security forces )
    to make sure safe and trouble free running of the tournament and to control fan violence if any that may occur..

  • manxpie

    Nov 14, 2014 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #31

    I see we’ve lost out to the mighty Sheffield utd for that supposed wonderkid che Adams
    Can’t have been that great then plus African cup has got a new venue unfortunately
    Can’t believe it’s still goin ahead tbh

  • beermonkey

    Nov 14, 2014 at 1:36 PM

    Comment #32


    where is it gong to be held

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 14, 2014 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #33


  • Reyantoon

    Nov 14, 2014 at 2:06 PM

    Comment #34


    May be we will lose these players for ACN..
    That will affect us a lot…howay man…
    Be prepared for reinforcements KING!
    Otherwise,ur hard work may end up 4 nothing

  • toonbrother

    Nov 14, 2014 at 2:23 PM

    Comment #35

    CONFIRMED : The AFCON will go ahead in January.
    Eq Guinea will host. Abeid will be away for a month with Algeria who are favourites to win. Good chance to integrate Bigirimana back into the side. Sammy Ameobi will not go as he is not in Nigeria’s plans.

  • toonbrother

    Nov 14, 2014 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #36

    Raylor can also fill in for Abeid if he goes off to Africa in january. He is a tidy defensive midfielder

  • Dennis Twice

    Nov 14, 2014 at 2:33 PM

    Comment #37

    Attack Toon attack attack!

  • tequilamag

    Nov 14, 2014 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #38

    @33 well at least we can happy that Colo is Argentinian rather than African.That would be a huge blow

  • Reyantoon

    Nov 14, 2014 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #39

    Anyone seen Winsten Reid of westham?
    I’m really impressed by him since last season
    Good height,good work rate,and will be free agent at the end of this season.May become an upgrade of williamson.The only setback will be he is Newzealander..

  • toonbrother

    Nov 14, 2014 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #40

    Colo can and should be played in defensive midfield
    As a central defender he is somewhere between rubbish and garbage. Don’t let recent results fool you form is temporary , lack of class is permanent.


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