What we have found this season is that sometimes even more important than skill is the determination, dedication, effort and mental strength to do your best for the team and we see that in action this season with good teams like Leicester City, Bournemouth and Norwich City to name just three smaller clubs – where their players are dedicated to doing their very best for the team.
Unfortunately that has not always been the case with Newcastle this season although our current manager Rafa Benitez is trying his best to change that.
It’s even more important to have players who will do their very best when you are fighting relegation or when you are down in the Championship fighting to get back to the Premier League.
Mehdi Abeid in action for Newcastle
That’s very likely where we will find ourselves next season and it’s interesting news in the Chronicle today that former player Mehdi Abeid would be interested in returning to Newcastle – even if we are in the second tier of English football.
A source close to Abeid has said this to the Chronicle:
“If Newcastle want Mehdi next season he’d be happy to come back and help the team – even if they drop into the Championship.”
Abeid never really was given a chance at Newcastle for whatever reason – and he never wanted to leave Newcastle last summer but was told at that time he had no future with Newcastle.
Mehdi would cost about £3M, but we don’t think Newcastle will go and sign him, although we hope they will.
Due to the haphazard way in which the transfers have been carried out this season by Graham Carr we now have a wealth of central midfielders in Jonjo Shelvey, Jack Colback, Vurnon Anita, Henri Saivet and Cheick Tiote for just two positions.
So if we are relegated there is work to be done about which players go and which ones come in – but surely the club will now first hire a new manager before those decisions are made?
Having Graham Carr do that kind of thing just doesn’t work and is one of the reasons we will be relegated in May.
We’ll rephrase that and say why we are likely to be relegated in May.
We always liked Mehdi Abeid when he was at Newcastle and apparently some top clubs are now interested in him.
Mehdi is at Panathinaikos and has four goals in 27 appearances for the Greek side this season.
What do you think?