Algerian U23 International Mehdi Abeid made his comeback from the broken toe he picked up while with the full Algerian squad, and the 22 year-old put in yet another impressive performance for the first team.
Mehdi Abeid challenges Stephen Ward at Turf Moor
The 22 year-old had this to say today about Tuesday night, and about the game against Chelsea:
“I just trained on Monday. To play this game at Burnley was great. I was feeling good. I did have some pain, but I can deal with it.” “I think I had a good game, and I was pleased.”
“It was a great point,” “It was a really difficult to come and play here with the atmosphere. We played against a good team. It was good to come here and have a draw.”
“We could do better, but unfortunately we didn’t.” “It was difficult first half, but second half we did great. We tried to play some good football and showed some character in the second half.”
“We have to keep our head up and look forward to the game against Chelsea. Let’s see against Chelsea.” We have to keep going that way and get better each game.”
“I really want to play a lot of games for Newcastle. I’m pleased to play this many games, and I want to play many more in the future.” Maybe we can surprise Chelsea!” “We’re at home with our fans. It can be good for us – our fans can help us.”
“We have a lot of injuries, but we have great players here, and we can swap,” “We can deal with injuries.”
The stats in the Burnley game backed up the perception that Mehdi had another excellent game, and he had 87% of his passes completed and was never dispossessed.
And if Cheick Tiote does stay at Newcastle past January, and Mehdi keeps improving, then Cheick will have his work cut out to keep his first team place.
We hope that Mehdi stays in the side against Chelsea, although we do have Sissoko and Colback coming back from suspension, so it could be three from four – Cheick, Mehdi, Moussa and Jack – who start the game on Saturday.
We love the competition in Newcastle’s central midfield right now.
A surprising fact is that Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has never won a game at St. James’ Park, and we know Newcastle will be going all out to get a result in front of a sell-out St. James’ Park crowd.
It should be a great game for Newcastle fans on Saturday afternoon in the early 12:45 pm kickoff game, and if we can get a good result – we’ll be flying high.
Howay The Lads!!
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