This Lad’s Been A Revelation For Newcastle This Season

We thought Newcastle will look back on this game and think it’s a game we should have won, and most of the reports say that Newcastle were the better side, and we dominated the second half.

Mehdi Abeid Burnley

Mehdi Abeid in action last night

But the worrying thing is that for all our dominance in that second half, and you take out Cisse’s goal after 48 minutes,  Tom Heaton the Burnley goalkeeper hardly had a save to make,  so we weren’t creating many chances.

Mehdi Abeid had yet another good game and he has taken to his Twitter account:

“Deserved 3 points today,the team showed a great character and played some good football especially.”

In fact the thing that let Newcastle down in the second half was out set plays were very poor (what – again?), and the number of times the corners and free kicks fell short and were cleared by Burnley players was frustrating.

It’s been a poor part of Newcastle’s play for some time, and the that final ball let us down.

The sooner Ryan Taylor and/or Siem de Jong are back the better – because both of those players are good from set plays.

Ryan is due back at the end of the month, according to and Siem is at least back in training, although it could still be a few weeks before he’s fit to play.

And Mehdi had another good game last night, and deserves to keep his place for the home game against Chelsea.

The Algerian has been a revelation for Newcastle this season, and he worked his socks off for Newcastle in that second half – he was here, there and everywhere.

Maybe we can sell Cheick Tiote next summer – if we can get £15M for him – because it seems that Mehdi can do the job for Newcastle in central midfield.

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83 comments so far

  • dazzler

    Dec 3, 2014 at 12:24 PM

    Comment #1

    I like this guy, although I still think he’s better than what we’ve seen. I don’t just see him as a holding midfielder. He’s better than that.

  • MILBURN1977

    Dec 3, 2014 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #2

    Agreed Dazz
    He should have videos of Frank Lampards late runs into the box on a loop. I recon he could be that sort of midfielder

  • geordie157

    Dec 3, 2014 at 1:06 PM

    Comment #3

    Dazzler – Have to agree with that, I think he’s more of a box to box type who’s capable of sitting deep or being used in more advanced role.

    The pairing of abeid and sissoko has lots of potential.

    Theres the options of playing tiote or colback behind then to allow them to get forward, or playing alongside them.

    Or you play them both deep with someone like cabella in the no.10 role to influence the game.

    I’m not an Anita hater, but I feel he could be moved on.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Dec 3, 2014 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #4

    I think Tiote & Colback, although both good players, are too defensive to play together unless we’re parking the bus against a vastly superior team.

  • nicktoon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    Why does everyone hate gouffran?
    I admit he shouldn’t start at the moment but he is a very decent player. Surely it’s pardews fault as he is clearly not a winger!

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 1:40 PM

    Comment #6

    Happy with a point gained after being 1-0 down with a patched up side – think we should have a real go at Chelsea Abeid had yet another cracking and hope he starts as lane offers so much more the Tiote but will Pardew drop Mt T ?

  • 70TWO

    Dec 3, 2014 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #7

    Only forced three saves out of Burnleys goal keeper last night. In the first half Abeid drove into the box and stabbed it; Sammy tried for the far corner from the left hand corner of the penalty box. I don’t remember the other one.

    Gouffran played a nice corner right on to the six yard line.

    Cabella chipped a free kick on to the penalty spot with pace and also squared a free kick.

    Other than the goal and some decent work on the left, I can remember all of these specific moments because in 90 minutes of play there was only 6 stand out opportunities that we may have scored.

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 3, 2014 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #8

    When fully fit we are going to have a very unbalanced squad.

    Socks – De Jong – Cabella as well as all manner of strikers could be competing for that Advanced mid/Number 10/second striker position.

    Its clear from last night Cabella needs to be played centrally and given freedom to roam as he was excellent.

    If he had scored the winner I think we would be hailing that performance up there with anything HBA did he turned the game over.

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 3, 2014 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #9

    The next Mike Williamson

    I said before West Ham.

    They should only be partnered for the really tough games like Chelski.

    Playing both will always stifle creativity.

    We should experiment with Tiote OR Colback holding and then playing both Socks and Abeid as box to box mids. But then that would force Cabella out wide and I dont rate him out there.

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #10

    Lifeguard I can see Sissoko playing right side Saturday with Abeid Tiote and Colback middle to stifle Chelsea’s main threat of Hazard even tho he has been superb centrally

  • 70TWO

    Dec 3, 2014 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #11

    What does Pardew mean by “putting the ball at risk”?

    Does he mean dwelling on the ball? Or trying to dribble past players? Putting in crosses?

    From what I saw we just about played some football in the second half, without a shot on target. Where as in the first half it was a mess but with individual chances.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 3, 2014 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #12

    LGFUAD21 @9

    Not if Cabella plays at the top of a midfield diamond, with two forwards in front of him.

  • 70TWO

    Dec 3, 2014 at 2:10 PM

    Comment #13

    The next Mike Williamson @4

    Tiote & Colback seemed to stifle each others game at WHam, but were defensively strong together. Colback may have been instructed to stick beside him because Tiote was out of match practice. But then in the second half when he was forward and Gouffran was not filling in, they scored.

    I would have liked to have seen more of Colback and Sissoko playing level across the pitch, with Tiote behind and three forwards not having to offer defensive cover.

  • cyprus

    Dec 3, 2014 at 2:36 PM

    Comment #14

    Aren’t NUFC the PL’s set play specialists? What went wrong last night??

  • Our Toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 3:28 PM

    Comment #15

    Tiote’s game isn’t being effective going forward, it’s to cover defensively and win the ball, he does that really well. He’s by far the best holding player we have and probably in the top 5 for that position in this league. For those who disagree name me another 5 that do his job and do it better than he does.

    Colback is presser, he’s not a tackler, nor can he play a forward pass. Yes he got the assist for Sammy against Spurs but what has he actually done in the role he has had this season?

    Abeid showed last night he has more to his game than Colback, someone mentioned that Colback was missed yesterday….how would things have been different? They went back to front a lot and our fullbacks got caught out of position often. We were solid in CM both Tiote and Abeid were probably marginly behind Sammy as the best performers on the night.

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 3:31 PM

    Comment #16

    Our toon I disagree totally Tiote may be a good tackler but gives away sloppy free kicks his passing is very poor – we look a lot more fluid without him in the team !

  • Blaydon-Toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 3:35 PM

    Comment #17

    Abeid impresses me more with every game he plays … If he can start to add goals to his game we could have a top player on our hands

  • Wayayman

    Dec 3, 2014 at 3:43 PM

    Comment #18

    To be honest, last night showed how big a player Colback is for us. He’s one of those players who just gets on with spoiling it for the other team. Nothing showy or eye catching unless you watch him harrass the hell out of the oppo midfield.
    He allows Sissoko to go bursting into the other half. Tiote looked like he was trying to do everyone’s job in the second half but sadly he has very little end product and his passes often end up doing a Ray Wilkins -backwards or sideways at best.
    Abeid i thought was excellent last night, shame he won’t get into the team on Saturday.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #19

    Blaydon Toon

    To be a good tackler you have are bound to give away free kicks. Tiote made 8 tackles yesterday and gave away 2 free kicks. Colback gives away 2 or 3 fouls every game, Tiote has conceded 2 free kicks each against WH and Burnley. He made 4 clearances from inside his own box, one in the second half which could have resulted in a goal.

    Remind me why the tough tackler Colback wasn’t playing yesterday? It’s only a matter of time people will see Colback for what he is, an honest player who runs a lot but doesn’t really offer anything defensively or offensively!!

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 3, 2014 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #20

    Our Toon

    Agree with both points.

    Tiote has given away free kicks that have lead to gaols in the past but I think he has curbed that a bit.

    I also disagree with those that criticise his passing.

    His passing range is limited but he uses the ball well. He shields the ball, takes the pressure off us and wins the ball back when we need him to.

    Put simply last night:


    Abeid was decent but sloppy. Tiote barely put a foot wrong as a DM. Yes Abeid is more technical, yes Abeid is faster, yes Abeid is potentially greater goal threat. But Tiote is the heart of the team when he’s in form.

    Someone else said it the other day but I would wager good money that if you asked the players, Tiote would be the first names on their team sheet after maybe Krul.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #21

    Colback chase the ball around like a 10 year old kid and the opposition play triangles around him because his team mates don’t press!! Very ineffective which will be displayed to all on Saturday morning

  • Average_Contents

    Dec 3, 2014 at 3:56 PM

    Comment #22


    What about this



    ———Or Abeid———–




    Might be a bit too open for Chelsea but against the lesser teams I think it’s a good shout. Possibly take Colback out completely and put abeid there.

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 3, 2014 at 3:58 PM

    Comment #23

    I can tell you 3 players that committed more fouls than tiote.

    He completed the most passes.

    3 interceptions. Same as Janmaat and abeid. Second only to tripper.

    And 6 ball recoveries which was joint second with Haidara.

    I’m not living by these stats but watching him I thought he was good. I thought he had a decent game before I checked the stats. The stats seen to support what I thought.

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #24


    I actually suggested that same formation at the beginning if the season with slightly different players.

    It looks sound on paper. Very difficult to implement in real life which is why you only tend to see top teams playing it.

  • LGFUAD21

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:01 PM

    Comment #25

    To add to average

    That is the only formation I can see us playing that doesn’t have 2/3 of our best players in contention for 1 spot in the team.

  • Wayayman

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #26

    Interesting how different people see totally different things in a player or a game.

    I think Colback is massively underated and we missed him most last night. If you seriously think he runs around like a 10 yr old and offers nothing defensively or offensively I think we must be watching two different players.
    He chases down everything not allowing the oppo midfielders time on the ball which means they have to pass as he’s always chasing them down. More passing means IF the rest of the team close down and harass thee is more chance of one of us intercepting or winning the ball back. Sissoko would not be as effective without Colback doing the quiet work for the team.
    If you get the chance, watch Colback close down and not dive in like Tiote does. He’s a ‘spoiler’ and is one of those players you’d hate to play against.

  • toon kk

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:25 PM

    Comment #27

    We went into this season taking a massive gamble by the fat man, he chose not to buy a top striker, so we now are looking for nicking the odd goal to win games. We haven’t a bad squad but badly miss that bit of star quality.
    I have known a team like Newcastle for not knowing how we’re going to play on the day. We can be excellent or unbelievabley poor.

  • 89Norcal

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #28

    So I missed the first half..was Abeid really that good? Because in the 2nd half I didn’t see him do anything but send two consecutive long shots into orbit…I feel like the blog has an obsession with him.

  • lesh

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:27 PM

    Comment #29

    nicktoon // Dec 3, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    Why does everyone hate gouffran?

    Because some of our potsers, I stress some, seem to need a player to hate to the point of obsession.

    Some ‘hate’ Gouffra,, some Williamson some Saylor, Obertan and others.

    Ok, these guys may not be picked for the world’s top eleven but they have turned in some great performances and by the same token, some poor ones too. They’re human!

    If they’re not deemed good enough for us, that’s a decision for Pardew to make and no mistake, he has his share of detratcors.

    To be honest, this blog’s gone downhill of late and that’s down to some posters who seem to thrive in arguing, bickering, debasing other posters. I can only assume they’re either immature, attention seekers, or just plain troublemakers.

    It’s noticeable that a number of long-established have ceased doing so and that’s a real shame. Some of those who’ve stuck with the blog over the years are themselves being subjected to abuse from the spoilers. One can tell from their posts, that they too are becoming fed up.

    Maybe it’s time the spoilers grew up – or seek specialist help for whatever’s troubling them.

  • 89Norcal

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #30


    Fully agree on Colback. Surely there aaren’t people slamming him? He’s absolutely invaluable in front of our backline. Was a massive asset during our winning run.

  • Belfast

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #31

    It’s not just the delivery from set pieces, we don’t have a clue how to attack them either.

    Can’t recall any set piece routine apart from the hoof it to Williamson one, and that one is Franky awful.

    Still persisting with it even though it has never worked lol

  • Sliema

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #32

    Stop slamming Colback. Start slamming Tiote.

    Abeid Sissoko Colback

    ^our best 3. We looked unplayable with them. Also Ryan Taylor when/if he is fit.

  • Geremi's Prosthetic Leg Fund

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #33

    Abeid and Colback are box to box and have excellent engines. Abeid needs to work on his decision making but he has what it takes to be a great player. His technique is the strangest I’ve seen, always looks out of control of the ball yet still manages to execute it.

    Tiote is an excellent holding MF but as the games evolving players have to be more than that, he needs to be box to box and have more input when attacking or it’s like we have a player less when moving from defensive phase into attacking phase.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:45 PM

    Comment #34

    I’m looking forward to this weekends game. We should have a few more players fit/available providing nothing goes wrong in the next few days.

    It will be the time to see if this recent run has taught pardew anything or not. Should let us all know, those pro, against or neutral as to where the manager stands.

    Personally would have abeid, colback and sissoko in the middle with cabella on the right and probably sammy on the left (if he is fit).

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #35

    also aarons should be fit according to some reports, would have him back in on the left.

  • Jeff from Benwell

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #36

    I thought Abeid was favouring his damaged toe throughout the game That thought was confirmed by the corner he took at the end which went straight out

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #37


    I think in recent weeks our set pieces were much better, mainly when willo isn’t in the team. tried a couple of different things but the main one was just whipping the ball to the edge of the 6 yard box at pace and let our boys attack it and have a player stand on the keeper to stop him coming.

    So simple and effective.

  • Transfer Sage

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #38

    our toon

    I agree with you on tiote, when on song he is a great shield for the defence. He does need to use the ball quicker though as he slows our counter attacks a bit too much.

    My main criticism of him this year is that he seems to want out and was always injured for us yet somehow fit enough to play 2 full games in a week for the ivory coast. Bit dodgy for me.

    I like Colback, nothing fantastic but defends pretty well, keeps the game moving quickly and he also has a decent final pass (or more so than tiote) when he gets to the final third.

  • Our Toon

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:57 PM

    Comment #39

    I’ve said Colback would be better suited to a team that presses as a team, sometimes he does win the ball, however most of time he chase the ball and as you ahem rightly pointed out the opposition passes around him, leaving him out of position. For a not so tough tackler he’s already picked up 5 yellows in 13 games. It looks great when players chase the ball but it’s really ineffective and wasted energy if your the only one doing it. If he conserved that energy and actually tried getting into the opposition box then I’d think differently.

    To be a box to box player colback actually needs to get into the opposition box more than once every game. 4 goals is his highest return from a season, that doesn’t scream box to box to me.


    Lahm played the DM role for Germany and Mascherano played it for Argentina, both were outstanding and a major factor to why they progressed to the final, Arsenal are suffering right now because they don’t have a Tiote type of ball winner, they have box to box midfielders and squander leads because of the naivety of there play. A soft centre!! The modern game needs holding players more than ever….Liverpool is another example

  • Mag52

    Dec 3, 2014 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #40

    70 TWO

    Good comment regarding Elliot’s baby. Had a good laugh. Seriously though, he was supposed to be a doubt for Monday’s game as his wife was about to give birth.
    Could he be a doubt for Saturday ?

    From time to time various players seem to be the flavour of the month for criticism.
    At the moment it’s Gouffran. It has recently been Saylor, who is very much back in fashion, and Obertan, whose absence from the team has made him one of our big players (although, to be fair, he was instrumental in our revival earlier in the season.)
    Tiote has also come under sharp scrutiny of late, with some bloggers giving him huge stick, while others, huge praise.
    All this is an indication of just hard is the job of a manager, whose decision it is to either play or rest any member of the team, and who will inevitably come in for some stick from some of our supporters for his decisions.


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