We have great faith in young Mehdi Abeid to make it into the first team at Newcastle long term, and we saw last Wednesday night the 22 year-old still has a lot to learn, with that suicidal back-pass to Tim Krul that led to the Red Devils winning goal after 89 minutes. 🙁
Ashley Young scores and we lose
Newcastle could have even won the game, and we had a good appeal for a penalty after just 10 minutes, and then we missed three golden chances to score – but it wasn’t to be.
John Carver has already commented on Mehdi’s mistake, although we’re not sure the back-pass he hit to Tim was going at 100 mph (slight exaggeration there), but it was difficult one for Tim to control (which he didn’t), and he wasn’t expecting it either.
Mehdi doesn’t make too many mistakes ,and that’s one of the highlights of his game and he very rarely gives the ball away, and is a good workmanlike player in central midfield with good technical ability.
He’s been out a long time with that broken toe he picked up in mid-November when he was training with the full Algerian squad, but he’s thankfully fit again.
This is what Abeid has said:
“It’s all about being aggressive, and concentrating on the game.” “Even if you make a mistake, you just have to come back fast in the game and do your job.”
“I feel much better after my loan in Greece. I played many games, so I gained confidence in myself, got some experience and came back a different player.”
“I feel more confident, and this is just the benefit of the work I’ve been doing for so long now, so overall I’m happy with what I’m doing this season.”
“I never lost the confidence I could play for Newcastle, but I didn’t know what was going to happen last summer.” “I’m glad that I stayed and have played many games for Newcastle, because I like this club.”
“I’m back and fully fit now after what was a long injury and a hard injury for me.” “Three months out was very long, but now I’m back and ready and fit to play games, so I’m just enjoying my time on the pitch.”
“In Greece, I played behind the strikers, but here I’m playing more defensively.” “I like both roles, so wherever the coach wants to play me, I will do my best.”
“We are happy with John Carver. We are working, we are doing our best for him, and hopefully we will get better results in the future.”
Newcastle need better results in the last ten games than we have had in the first 10 games under Carver – with only two wins.
And we hope Mehdi keeps getting opportunities in the first team through the end of the season, although with Jack Colback back from his two game suspension now, it’s likely that Mehdi could drop to the bench for the next game.
That’s unless Carver uses him as a withdrawn – number 10 – although we think Remy Cabella is likely to get an opportunity in that position very soon and maybe next Sunday, since he’s fit again.
We need a win against Everton on Sunday at Goodison Park.
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