24 year-old former Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid has let it be known for some time that he would welcome a move back to the north-east club only two years after leaving Newcastle.
Mehdi was a very tidy defensive midfielder who had good technical skills and he just loved playing at Newcastle.
But he was never really given a chance by Alan Pardew and when he did play he proved he could be a disciplined central midfielder for the side and was very solid.
The player left the club a couple of years ago and has been playing at Greek club Panathinaikos and now in France for Dijon in Ligue 1.
Mehdi Abeid when he played for Newcastle
This is what Mehdi said late last week when speaking to the French media:
“Newcastle, it remains my club of heart.”“They counted a lot for me, so why not one day? I have not had any contact yet.”
“Perhaps they follow me, it would be all to my honor, for it is a great club, I do not close the door.”
“I came when I was very young and without a professional match in my legs, I was impressed by the Premier League, I did not trust myself. I did not dare.”
“With a limited playing time, confidence decreases.”
“In addition, we often played the bottom of the table, there was maybe a fear of the coach to play me.”
We liked Mehdi a lot when he was at Newcastle, after he signed for us as a free agent from Lens in the summer of 2011 when he was only 18 years old.
We were hoping he would come through the ranks, but basically he just wasn’t given his chance to shine.
We know a number of Newcastle fans who would love for Mehdi to return to the Magpies and he would no doubt be a popular signing, but we just cannot see that happening.
Rafa Benitez doesn’t do sentiment and it looks like he is not interested in signing Abeid, especially when the standards have been raised at Newcastle since the world-class manager came on board a short 15 months ago.
Bottom line – Abeid would be a popular signing, but in reality we just cannot see it happening.
Mehdi played 21 times for the Newcastle first team.