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Sign This Former Player – He Wants A Return To Newcastle

3:30 pm, Wednesday, April 6th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 21 Comments

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.

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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?

Comments welcome.

Tags: Mehdi Abeid · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League · Transfer News and Rumours

21 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 6, 2016 at 3:36 PM

    Is it cos I put down MA previous thread.


    I seldom say the team I’d like to see playing but for Saturday:-
    Anita -Shelvey
    Townsend-De Jong-Perez
    Think this would be better defensively

  • 2 Essex Geordie Bill // Apr 6, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Shouldn’t have sold him!!!

  • 3 Jail for Ashley // Apr 6, 2016 at 3:52 PM

    Why do people think it’s a good idea to drop in to the Championship to rebild, teams would not be desperate to stay in the PL if it was such a good idea.

  • 4 lochinvar // Apr 6, 2016 at 3:55 PM

    Tell Charnley to drive over to Greece to collect Abeid.
    He can take some of the remaining Lonsdale shell suits to sell on the way thus covering his petrol costs.
    He wanted to play for the shirt and still does.
    Charnleys crew sold him for a quick buck.
    Speaks volumes about our so called management – just not fit for football purposes but clearly fit for Sports Dire services.

  • 5 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 6, 2016 at 3:57 PM

    Looking at the figures, a turnover of £129m and wages 50% of turnover, with the signings made since June 2015, I think £75m current day wage bill is about right. Also spending £80m with “nothing left in the bank” seems legit. £48m cash at year ending June 2015, looks like we’ve spent the profits expected from this season in advance along with that £48m cash – what a waste!


    Colo – £1m – £3.5m pa
    Saylor – released – £2m pa
    Janmaat – £7m – £2m pa
    Haidara – £2m – £1m pa
    Tiote – £3m – £2m pa
    Anita – £3m – £1.5m pa
    SDj – £3m – £2m pa
    Sissoko – £10m – £1m pa
    Obertan – released – £1m pa
    Gini – £15m – £2.5m pa
    Gouffran – £1m – £1.5m pa
    Marveaux – released – £2m pa
    Cisse – £3-5m – £2m pa
    Riviere – Kitkat – £1m pa
    Perez – £12m – £2m pa (new contract recently)

    Those I think are certain to leave and realistic evaluations. There won’t be any mega fees for the likes of Sissoko and Gini, their stock has dropped drastically. Some of the wages estimated are more informed than others, but none will be far off in either direction.

    Wage bill sitting at around £50m and we’d still have the likes of, Townsend, Mitrovic and Mbemba.

    Think our wages sat around that level last time in the Championship, if not more, but was there even parachute payments around then? If so they weren’t anywhere near as generous as nowadays at £25m for the first year – will get more difficult to bounce back as those dry up.

    Around £60m in fees brought in should be enough to absorb any new wages and provide £40m for a rebuild which most crucially needs to be put in the right hands – the manager’s – whoever that may be.

    Would be left with a very young squad:


    Elliot, Saivet, Sammy then need 8-10 signings.

    For starters 2 new fullbacks, allow Dummet to finally begin to concentrate on becoming a decent CB.

    Really can’t fathom whether Townsend and Shelvey would stay. Both fringe England players who will have other options, but both making better noises than most and seem more committed to the cause than most, plus Shelvey being given captaincy and no international tournament summer 2017. Hmmm…

  • 6 Lee Charnley Bunga Party // Apr 6, 2016 at 3:58 PM


    Yeah I have a ticket for the Swansea game got it the day Rafa signed up but fear it could be a bit of nasty atmosphere if we lose and Norwich beat Palace that would be us pretty much down

  • 7 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 6, 2016 at 4:03 PM

    Oh, forgot about Thauvin, there’s another goner, what’s the figure bandied about for our agreement with Marseille? £7m.

    There’ll be plenty to rebuild with and Abeid would be a great start. One of the outgoings that shouldn’t have been. Graham Carr needs to retire and take Charnley with him, go open a BnB together somewhere lads, more befitting your abilities.

  • 8 Sliema // Apr 6, 2016 at 4:04 PM

    The chance to rebuild is at least the silver lining in my opinion to an otherwise crap situation. However the deadwood we have should have been gone already, and they will only have depreciated in value with our impeding relegation.

    Last time we went down we had the likes of Barton, Nolan, Alan Smith, Jonas Gutierrez and a 6 year younger Coloccini. They were pretty damn solid in the championship and we found it a breeze. This time we really don’t have the characters for it, nobody to graft and nobody who knows how the real english leagues are.

    Actually the best silver lining is it might be more fun than these dreadful couple of seasons we have had. We definitely don’t deserve our place in the prem.

  • 9 SPRINGY // Apr 6, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    if we somehow mange to get out of the shit we are in here,rafa must be looking at these players and thinkin..who has tried since i came….up to now??…with that in mind who would he want to keep?

  • 10 Hail Wor Ashley // Apr 6, 2016 at 4:18 PM


    That’s our greatest problem I think. Nolan, Barton, Smith, Butt, Jonas, Shola, Lovenkrands – all great experienced pros and personalities in one way or another, all brought something vital to the dressing room. Then we had a much younger Colo before he was a wantaway captain that couldn’t keep it in his pants, just a good ball-playing CB focused on getting to grips with British football. Carroll, a young dominant starlet leading the line, Tim Krul on an upwards trajectory, then a backing cast of solid players like Routledge, Simpson, our best LB in recent times Enrique.

    Recruiting the right players will be crucial, we’ll have some of the backing cast, some up and coming talent, some players with a point to prove, but we don’t have that first category including Nolan and the like – not one in my opinion, maybe Krul and Elliot are the closest we’ve got.

  • 11 MadisonToon // Apr 6, 2016 at 4:19 PM


    Excellent post! I agree with much of that. I would like us to keep Perez, Gini, sdj and Janmaat, but can see them all leaving. How much of those outgoings do you think change if we stay up by the skin of our teeth? How many would you like to keep?

  • 12 SPRINGY // Apr 6, 2016 at 4:20 PM


  • 13 SPRINGY // Apr 6, 2016 at 4:26 PM

    if we wer to stop up i think rafa would be making wholesale changes right across the board,theres to many poor players that just are not good enough…..if we drop i think SDJ may stay coz most of the players who have been playing his position are likely to leave and theres every chance he could become captain,depending on departures of course.

  • 14 SPRINGY // Apr 6, 2016 at 4:31 PM

    looks like the club is holding off on the contract talks for mbabu and aarons until we all know our fate,i would actually be more peeved if we lost mbabu as aarons has really shone this season,but in fairness the are both very injury prone so suppose they are in very similar positions.

  • 15 MadisonToon // Apr 6, 2016 at 4:31 PM


    I agree on those points. I hope Rafa can give a solid fresh look if we stay up. I would love SDJ to stay as he is one of the experienced players we would need to have around to have a shot at quickly returning to the Prem. Who are the sales you think would happen if we stay?

  • 16 benjohnsen // Apr 6, 2016 at 4:32 PM

    Hwa – I remember when Nolan arrived. Not many were excited about it in fact he was poor. The difference between PL is quite big so a player like Colback can do well in it.

  • 17 SPRINGY // Apr 6, 2016 at 4:39 PM

    sissoko is a player who does’nt really have a position,and has constantly wanted a move,lacks quality of control..very inconsistent,gini has literally disappeared recently,whats to play behind the striker but does’nt get involved enough,taylor,tiote,obertan,goofy,cisse,rivierre all will be gone.

  • 18 Sliema // Apr 6, 2016 at 4:42 PM


    I for one was delighted that we signed Nolan, and it was a snip if I remember rightly about 4 million squid?! I wasn’t on the blog then but I’ve lost faith all together if others were not very pleased we signed him.

    He dominated that year in the championship so worth the money for that alone but he was very good in the prem for us too imo, and in the derbys, that is why we lose them nowadays cause we don’t have the likes of Kevin Nolan, sneaky scrappy player who knows how to win.

    He was pretty decent at West Ham for a while also.

  • 19 Ketsbaia9 // Apr 6, 2016 at 5:04 PM

    Shouldn’t have been sold. He’ll be worth £15m in a years time. I can see him going to Porto. He’ s much better than Colback. Favouring English players instead of better foreigners has cost us our premier league status. Townsend and Shelvey were okay signings, but players like Shaqiri, Abeid and Ben Arfa are what we need.

  • 20 scout // Apr 6, 2016 at 11:24 PM

    Will any of the doom and gloomers give me 10/1 we stay up? Best price at bookies is 5/1?????

    Whos got the bottle

  • 21 Big Archie // Apr 7, 2016 at 6:50 AM

    So Ed. Do you seriously believe that Carr singlehandedly decides who comes in? I find that a pretty ludicrous suggestion. Even Assley wouldnt give tranafer control to the scout alone.

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