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The Next Player To Leave Newcastle Is …..

Newcastle sold Conor Newton to Rotherham United and yesterday completed the move with Wigan Athletic to move James Tavernier to Wigan Athletic.

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Mehdi Abeid in action for Newcastle

James had an excellent loan spell at Rotherham last season, and 21 year-old Mehdi Abeid had a similar loan spell at Greek club Panathinkaikos, where he helped them qualify for the Champions League and win the Greek club, and in total he played 38 times with 10 goals for the club.

We had hoped both Tavernier and Abeid would be given a chance in pre-season after their very good performances while out on loan, but that isn’t going to happen, and there is news recently that Abeid is close to a permanent move to Panathinkaikos

There are reports that the Greek club will offer £300K for the 21-year-old, and the Journal is reporting that Panathinkaikos are confident that a deal can be sorted out in the next day or two, even though there is little money in Greek football at the moment.

The Greek club’s first-team squad started to report for fitness tests yesterday, prior to pre-season training starting, and Abeid was one of the players who reported in.

Mehdi joined us three years ago as a free agent from Lens, and he initially started his career well, but then the physical nature of football in England wasn’t to his liking, and he played only 5 times for the first team.

We expect a deal between Newcastle and Panathinkaikos to be announced shortly, and Mehdi will be on his way.

Haris Vuckic is a similar type of player to Abeid, and we also expect the 21 year-old Slovenian International midfielder to leave the club permanently this summer.

Comments welcome.

Written from Ipswich, England.

18 comments so far

  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:17 AM

    Comment #1

    Newton was never good enough Ed and not that keen on Tavs if im honest.
    Players like cabs and Loic are going to be the hard ones to replace. As for the rest that have gone over the course of last season they simply were not good enough

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #2

    Regardless if they weren’t good enough or not they still need replacing mate

  • expatmag

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:21 AM

    Comment #3

    Yep. So we have got rid of Remy, De Jong, Ameobi, Gosling, Newton, Tavernier, Richardson with Vuckic, Abeid, Amalifirano, next out the door and Marveaux, Ben Arfa, Mbiwa, Jonas and Obertan names circulated. Furthermore, we can expect bids for Debuchy, Krul, sissoko and Sammy Ameobi which more than likely be accepted.

    However, not to worry kads. We will save a shitload of money and promote our next crop of youngsters to inevitable failure.

    Still, we have Perez and Colback to save us

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:24 AM

    Comment #4

    It looks like what he’s done to the first team he’s doing to the reserves! All about the cash at the end of the day where he’s concerned

    Fat twat

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Comment #5

    Ahhhh yes the ginger ninja and the untested Spanish secunda player….we are well and truly saved lol

  • expatmag

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:31 AM

    Comment #6








  • jazzyp

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:36 AM

    Comment #7

    If the clearout includes the likes of Marvs and Obershocker, Amalfitano,Gutti then im all for it. And see it as a positive sign by the club
    Big worry of course is that we bring in quality players rather than players with potential. To many times do we go down the route of bringing in unknowns and it not paying off

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:42 AM

    Comment #8


    Some toon supporters would have us believe that that team is good enough and there isn’t a problem whereas in actual reality it’s a team lacking flair, incision, power and pace coupled with our inept manager, it’s a recipe for disaster!

    Oh well the club’s books are excellent….what’s to worry about!

  • Average_Contents

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:46 AM

    Comment #9


    The big worry for me is if we bring in ANY player’s to replace them never mind quality ones lol

  • expatmag

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #10


    Too true. You know as well as I do competent replacements and enough of them will not arrive.

    And even if they are not moved on, knowing they are not required leads them to give less than the required commitment.

    That has already been shown last year by the manager’s inability to utilise his squad properly

  • cyprus

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:50 AM

    Comment #11

    So you hate Marvs and Guti that much eh. Totally disagree. We could pick on any player (even our most talented one – HBA) and note that they’ve gone backwards.

    We have a good spine of players who were amazing, even unplayable when they first came: HBA, Colo, Guti, Mbiwa, Debs, Siss, Cisse, to name a few.

    I’d much prefer to see what this crop can achieve with another set of coaches – manager. I don’t think they’re as bad as they look.

  • expatmag

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:52 AM

    Comment #12


    Then some toon fans need a reality check and they will probably get it next may with relegation.

  • firebug666

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:55 AM

    Comment #13

    I cannot see us having a team that can compete in the league this year, I have been saying all summer that I expect us to be in a relegation battle all season, and there has been no activity yet to change my thinking on that.

    On Obertan, I feel he was never given a chance to play in his natural roll. He is not a winger, he is an out and out striker. On the season that we finished fifth in the league he played on the right wing for us, and was part of the team that had an eleven game unbeaten run.

    We know he cannot cross a ball, but when in the middle he can score goals. As soon as HBA was fit Obertan was out of the team. He cannot really show us his true worth or ability when like so many others he is played out of position. Cisse is a prime example, he was prolific for us when we bought him, and then Pardrew ruined him by playing him on the right wing, the same for Gouffran, he is a striker but played on the left wing.

    The problem is not the players we have (well not all of them) but how they are employed on the pitch by the man who obviously hasn’t got a clue about players or tactics.

  • expatmag

    Jun 29, 2014 at 7:57 AM

    Comment #14


    You have missed the point completely.

    We all want to see a new management/coaching structure but we kniw it is not going to change because Assley would have to pay off the renaining years on their contracts (6 years I believe) and that will cost him millions.

    The players I detailed have either left already, will be leaving as soon as a suitable offer comes in or are nit required by Pardew and his cronies

  • expatmag

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:03 AM

    Comment #15


    Totally agree

    Imagine if coached properly, potential proved and pace properly utilised.

    Obertan, Perez, Gouffran and HBA could tear opposition defences a new esoecially if HBA and Marveaux got their creative juices flowing.

  • firebug666

    Jun 29, 2014 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #16


    It would be nice to watch mate, We really do have some good players in there, if only we had the staff to work with them and like so many other modern clubs allow them the freedom to move about the pitch.

    Obertan has pace, I remember in that year we managed 5th he run from our own half leaving everyone else standing and slotted the ball into the opposition net.

    I think if he was employed as a second striker he could be devastating to the opposition. The same goes for the others played in their best position, and left to do what they do best.

    All the players have to do is ignore Pardrew’s instructions and go out to win the game, Let’s face it Pardrew is so inept he wouldn’t even notice they had changed the game plan.

  • Shaker Shakrah

    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:09 AM

    Comment #17

    This may be totally wrong okay !!!!!!!!!!!!!!


    Jun 29, 2014 at 9:53 AM

    Comment #18

    Well it looks like we may be playing Championship Footy again next year !

    Thanks Ashley !


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