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Newcastle Youngster Ready To Take His Big Chance

With Cheick Tiote likely to be out for an extended period of time with his knee injury, it should give a big opportunity to 22 year-old Algerian defensive midfielder Mehdi Abeid.

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Mehdi Abeid in action at Burnley

We are still waiting to hear how long Cheick will be out with the knee injury he picked up at the African Cup of Nations, but he’s not expected to be fit anytime soon.

It’s going to be a very tough game at the Etihad on Saturday afternoon with Manchester City currently in good form, and they hammered a good Stoke City side at the Britannia Stadium 4-1 last weekend.

This is what Mehdi Abeid told the Shields Gazette today:

“We have a good team and a lot of quality in the team – now we have to show it every week.” “Hopefully, we will have many, many more wins in the future.”

“It’s good to have John as the head coach,” “There’s a good relationship between him, the coaches and the players.” “It’s great for the future of our team.”

“I’m really glad to be back – it was a bad injury.”  “I’m enjoying my time on the pitch.”

This lad has always had a great attitude and he did so well last season while on loan at Panathinaikos in Greece, where he scored 10 goals in 38 total appearances for the club.

Abeid was injured in mid-November and came back on crutches after joining up with the Algerian squad, and he came back too early from that broken toe he picked up.

And after playing the full game at Burnley on December 2nd,  he was out for about another six weeks and he had to withdraw from the Algerian squad for the African Cup of Nations.

The 22 year-old has only recently returned to the squad, and we’d love to see him in the starting line-up on Saturday at the Etihad Stadium, where he played in the shock 2-0 League Cup win back in late October.

Mehdi joined Newcastle in the summer of 2011 from Lens as a free agent, and he’s looked a very good player for us this season in his 8 appearances.

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77 comments so far

  • Our Toon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:19 AM

    Comment #1

    Should be starting ahead of Jack Colback!!

  • toon kk

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:22 AM

    Comment #2

    We have a good team and a lot of quality in the team-
    About time they proved it, we’d struggle in league 1 going off our latest performances. Shocking!

  • spitfire_

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:33 AM

    Comment #3

    From previous article

    Ian Toon // Feb 18, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    I didn’t realize this blog is for all breaking news… Perhaps the name of this blog is misleading. So… pardon me.

  • Magpie Season

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:35 AM

    Comment #4

    Definitely need to hold onto him & let him play in the EPL.

    This guy knows how to win a trophy. He won the Greek Cup with Panathanaikos. Their first time in 3-4 years. A holding midfielder (he might have played a more advanced role) with a goal tally in the double digits is very good, even in the Greek division. Sadly, I think his goalscoring days are over with the role he will be playing for us. Tiote has scored about once every other season.

    I don’t know why he didn’t do well at St.Johnstone. Maybe SPL is tougher? Have to look up the ranking b/w the SPL & the Greek League sometime…

  • Tsunki

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:40 AM

    Comment #5

    Like it or not rangers is inextricably tied to us by means of Ashley, out futures are interrelated. So it’s relevant to the blog imho. We have no idea of the impact the shenanigans of our illustrious pie devourer will get up to or how the fate of nufc will be determined by it.

  • firebug666

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:41 AM

    Comment #6

    So it seems John Carver has the job permanently. With all and sundry crawling out of the woodwork to tell us what a great guy he is, and how he is doing a great job, (regardless of the evidence the fans see on the pitch or the results).

    In the summer Carver will be appointed full time (because everyone love John) and the transfers (if any) will be out of the blue for that fans because John is not interested in any incomings and outgoings.

    What a club!

  • toon kk

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:57 AM

    Comment #7

    I think holding onto Carver was and is what they have full intention of doing,
    We all know how the business is run, we need a yes man because we’re not a proper football club any more.

  • Our Toon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 10:58 AM

    Comment #8

    Abeid is a box to box midfielder who is currently being asked to play within himself to sit back and play as a holding midfielder. This is like using Santon as a DM or Dummett as a RB. Can do a job but please put him in his best position!!

  • Our Toon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 11:00 AM

    Comment #9


    I called it when pardew left, carver will get the job as he’s the cheapest option, unfortunately some still believe a de Boer or a Laudrup will walk through the door!!

  • Rotonda heights

    Feb 18, 2015 at 11:22 AM

    Comment #10

    sadly still won’t stop 50000 turning up. frankly they deserve all they get now

  • beermonkey

    Feb 18, 2015 at 11:36 AM

    Comment #11

    if carver really has the job ( god help us) he needs to be smart he needs to give some game time to the likes of good satka and abied he must know he wont get the players the team needs

    were going to be in proper trouble next season I think with the way things are looking at the moment

  • Blofal

    Feb 18, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #12

    Our Toon you’re right in a way. I’d drop Colback to DM and play Abeid up higher.

  • Our Toon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #13


    They could have 11 2 year old running out there and 50k would turn up, they do so for the ritual more than the actual football….piss up with friends or its a day out for the kids!! Even the mention of the word boycott and the ones who go won’t consider it AT ALL COSTS!!

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 18, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #14

    What crisis fatty scoffs? There’s a player for each defensive position!

    Cheeky fcukers, what more do they want! Scoff scoff!

    Running us on the cheap will eventually lead to our downfall and that downfall is close to hand.

    Fat fcuking twat!



    Agree fully. All the signs are ominous mate. Fcuking joke of a club. 52,000 sat their clapping it away. If I didn’t laugh I’d fcuking cry.

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 18, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #15

    Our toon

    I see you’re still on your anti Colback crusade.
    In my view Tiote’s injury could well prove to have a silver lining for the team. I think he’s behind Colback AND Abeid now, based on his dramatic downturn in form and attitude this season. Abeid is more creative, won’t need to be as defensive playing alongside Colback. They compliment each other and I hope they get another run in the team now.

  • expatmag

    Feb 18, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #16

    If Carver is manager next season, we will get relegated for sure

  • Ron Knee

    Feb 18, 2015 at 12:27 PM

    Comment #17

    … or maybe this season.

  • martoon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #18

    Our Toon & Rotonda – I see you’re still on your “It’s the fans that attend matches” fault. If there was a well organised, co-ordinated boycott or take your seat late or leave early etc. then I and probably the majority would take part. However so far there have only been half *rsed, badly organise protests – even the walk-out had 2 different times FFS. So instead of blindly pointing the finger stop and think why!!

  • Our Toon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 12:38 PM

    Comment #19

    Sing in the corner

    I see you still adore and love mediocrity, we need a ball winner and some who recycles possession well as a DM, someone who’s going to sit in rather than chase the ball as OP has pointed out. Anita was mossed against Palace and unfortunately we only have 2 ball winners, that’s Anita and Tiote. Jack Colback isn’t a ball winner.

    Anita, Abeid and Sissoko (I do feel he needs to step up or be dropped) as the 3 central lads. Anita and Abeid are very good on the ball.

    I give credit when it’s due mate, against Chelsea at home Colback was fantastic, no denying it. Teams have watched us and worked out our midfield, they wait for Colback to press and then exploit the space he leaves whilst he chase the ball like me mates dog. I like that he presses however this needs to be done as a team otherwise it’s ineffective!! More and more fans are now realising just why it was us and WH after the lad. Good squad player not first XI calibre though.

  • Our Toon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 12:47 PM

    Comment #20


    It’s everyone’s fault, the ones that don’t attend because they can’t convince those that do that this is an option which should be explored or at least tried, and those that attend because they can’t see the benefit.

    Richard Scudamore said teams that don’t fill stadiums will not be televised, they don’t want to show half empty stadiums. The new deal guarantees at least 1.5m per live match shown (minimum). The fans have the power unfortunately we have no backbone to wrestle back the power as we live in fear of the unknown.

    I agree with you that no one has come up with a sensible solution to appease all parties….the reason for the boycott not getting the backing though is because as you say we have 2 different walkouts and then those that did stay applauded those who walked out….only at our club would that happen.

    You go to games though, what’s the general consensus with those that attend?

  • Pop n Wyn

    Feb 18, 2015 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #21

    Jeff, i agree with you regarding all the Rangers investors coming out of the woodwork at the moment when in the past they were nowhere to be seen when they were really needed, they up against a business tank in MA who will roll over anything or anybody who gets in his way.

    Thing is these takeovers of football clubs like ours and Rangers are seriously damaging, of course financially MA will keep them afloat no problem but it’s his way of doing business that dosn’t include emotion or feeling and the continual dropping of these bombs every 3or4 months that damage us so much, he is not bothered, business is business, but it has worn the vast majority of fans out.

    There is a massive blanket over SJP, Mike is the puppet master, all seeds have been planted, he has made his bed, he will make shed loads of cash, we all know that, it is so sad, we are such a great club, but we are so depressed, and the man at the top is responsible.

  • beermonkey

    Feb 18, 2015 at 12:50 PM

    Comment #22


    until the one of the supporters organisations come up with a plan nothing will change

    I wouldn’t even make it about getting rid of Ashley as there are those that believe he has and is doing a good job
    but what we can all agree on is how the team is run replacements when players are sold a philosophy through out the club and so on,

    nowt will change as the fans are to divided

  • sing in the corner

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:09 PM

    Comment #23

    Our toon

    No no, not a lover of mediocrity, but a lover of balance in a team. Good teams often have a Colback type. I do see him as a ball winner, and a canny passer too, although his form has dipped a little at times lately. That can happen to any player. As far as Anita being a ball winner, I guess we’ll have to agree to disagree, completely, on that one! Tiote looks a different player from the one we saw 2 years ago – and even then I thought his style was too reckless. A red card in the making at any moment.
    Out of all the Centre mid player combos we could have at the minute, I just reckon Jack and Mehdi are the most likely to work well together,

  • geordie157

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:10 PM

    Comment #24

    Abeid needs to be starting games now, i think he is our centre midfielder with the most potential who can develop into a great all round box to box player.

    Midfield trio of Sissoko, Abeid and Colback should be given a run of games together. Tiote and Anita will have to fight it out for a place on the bench.

  • martoon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #25

    Our Toon @20 – It’s very difficult to gauge opinion because I only speak to people who sit around me but generally unhappy with Ashley, prepared to give Carver a chance but ideally a high profile head coach in the summer. I’ve said it before but the only way to have coordinated, effective action is to have a high profile leader (like the gherkas had Joanna Lumley). Then people would take notice and take part – I’veno idea who this would be mind you!

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:31 PM

    Comment #26

    Our Toon,
    Scudamore is full of p1ss and wind. The last 2 rounds of Premier league games have seen 8 fixtures televised in each over here. Ashley has the UK market tied up. He is thinking much further afield, and most of the foreign broadcasters aren’t too fussed re full stadiums.

    I’ve asked this before, but will ask again, can anyone tell me when a boycott has ever helped remove any owner of a sports club from power? I can’t find a single example where it has worked, but several where it has failed.

    People complain about the flat atmosphere, but part of that is because those who could have been there voicing an opinion don’t go. They vote with their feet and as such, their voice is no longer heard. Liverpool were helped in a huge part by the financial issues at their club, but they didn’t boycott. They continued going to support their team with well organised protests before kick off and after. This raised the profile of their cause.

    Regardless of whether you believe a boycott would work, blaming the fans that disagree with that is utterly pointless, and creates a further divide between fans. While fans are bickering and blaming each other, Ashley will continue to win. So, in that sense every single one of us are to blame.

  • toon kk

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:33 PM

    Comment #27

    I’ve been reading everyones posts, I found myself agreeing with OurToon, although everyone has valid points.

    The downside nothing will ever change, most are happy just to watch a football match and thats what MA provides.
    There’s far too many people to organise to hold a organised walk out, most wouldn’t leave anyway.
    Budget football here to stay for everyone, just 50,000 are happy to pay and watch it.

  • dazzler

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:39 PM

    Comment #28

    Lilo I agree.

    If all our fan groups could co-exist and work together who knows what would happen. The issue I find is most of our fan groups are run by intolerable egomaniacs that no one wants to back. A la Mr Wraith. sackpardew had grand ideas but I fear they were unable to back it up, if they could transfer their attention to Ashley sooner it may have had an impact but I think they lost their momentum.

  • dazzler

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:41 PM

    Comment #29

    But if our own groups spend most of their attention at each others backs we forget about the big picture which is why we won’t be as successful as the Liverpool fans were or rangers fans will be.

  • Our Toon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #30

    Sing in the corner

    This Tiote is a red card in the making makes me laugh, have a look at how many bookings JC has picked up, and he should have been sent off against Stoke at home. Colback is a presser but isn’t a good tackler!! Big difference between presser and ball winner. He wins the ball by pressing at times but leaves space in behind for the likes of Anita to cover. Colback has conceded the most free kicks in our squad this season.

    A ball winner doesn’t ball watch twice when marking Rooney, unfortunately both sissoko and Colback are very lazy in tracking runners from midfield, having both sitting deeper costs us.

    Good teams don’t often have a colback type of player they press as a team high up the pitch as a unit and not as individuals. Good teams have ball winners who’s 1st thought is about protecting the defence by sitting in and putting out fires not by chasing the ball and leaving space to allow opposition to exploit. A ball winner has a better tackling winning percentage than 35%.

    Mackems classed Colback as a back passer who often stifled quick breaks, he had a worse interception and tackle winning percentage than Cattermole last season.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #31

    Yup, said it many times before. Too many egos involved in the fans groups to allow another group to take initiative. Rather than putting the fans and club as a whole first, many of them are looking for that personal glory.

  • BandB

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #32

    No high profile fan leader will emerge here. They would be on a hiding to nothing.
    Half the fans don’t believe we have a problem and the other half can’t agree on what it is.
    Any “leader” would be carefully targeted, mocked and undermined not just by the club, media, and the Ashley stormtroopers among the fan base, but by every other fan who has a marginally different opinion.
    Nothing will change until things get demonstrably worse, and even then it will be marginal.

  • mindshaft

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #33

    52,000 clapping – afraid the only time they clap is on 17 mins – rest of the time SJP is like a library these days, absolutely no atmosphere at all these days.
    Crowd can’t even be bothered to slag off Ashley,

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:53 PM

    Comment #34

    Our toon

    You’ll get hung soon, he’s one of us 😉

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #35

    On Tiote, this guaranteed sending off stuff is utter garbage, and just something people have picked up on via pundits and journos making the claim. Sent off twice in 5 seasons here. Sissoko once in 2 years. Abeid has been sent off twice in the past 18 months.

  • Geordie-Jedi

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:56 PM

    Comment #36

    In regards to the previous article. As much as i agree that in the short or long term, JC is not the right man for the Job. it would still probably be more beneficial if the crowd got behind him and the team during games instead of throwing abuse at him. We all know the board are crooked and the way the team is run is wrong, but get behind the team and the manager you never know it might just help!

  • optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2015 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #37

    The club needs a miracle, Ashley doesn’t give a toss the fans can’t agree and the media take the pi55.

    The fans are on a hiding to nothing win lose or draw, we are the clowns following the biggest circus in Europe and Ashley is the ring master!

  • Our Toon

    Feb 18, 2015 at 2:00 PM

    Comment #38


    The TV deal is just for the UK market it doesn’t affect the current deal for international broadcast. Sky and BT have also said they want be showing games where grounds are half full.

    I agree that boycotts haven’t worked elsewhere but tell me where another owner has the sole ambition to promote a sporting brand and using a football club to achieve this on a global scale? The only reason a boycott could work here is down to the financial dynamics in play. Other owners use clubs as play things, they aren’t in it for profit sheets, MA is.

    I’m only asking those that attend to be open minded and actually try this rather than the usual….wont make a difference already paid for my ticket….or someone else will take my place etc. For MA ££££’s is king and half empty stadia will result in a decline of money from external sources. It’s not like he’s spending the profits anyway

  • archaeomag

    Feb 18, 2015 at 2:02 PM

    Comment #39

    MA again;
    Rangers supremo Mike Ashley WILL be called before Parliament to answer questions on Scottish business interests


  • optimistic prime

    Feb 18, 2015 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #40

    I’d rather the slug was going to the Tower of London than parliament!


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