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This Lad Can Still Make It Big At Newcastle

We have great faith in young Mehdi Abeid to make it into the first team at Newcastle long term, and we saw last Wednesday night the 22 year-old still has a lot to learn, with that suicidal back-pass to Tim Krul that led to the Red Devils winning goal after 89 minutes. 🙁

Tim Krul winning goial Man United

Ashley Young scores and we lose

Newcastle could have even won the game, and we had a good appeal for a penalty after just 10 minutes, and then we missed three golden chances to score – but it wasn’t to be.

John Carver has already commented on Mehdi’s mistake, although we’re not sure the back-pass he hit to Tim was going at 100 mph (slight exaggeration there), but it was difficult one for Tim to control (which he didn’t), and he wasn’t expecting it either.

Mehdi doesn’t make too many mistakes ,and that’s one of the highlights of his game and he very rarely gives the ball away, and is a good workmanlike player in central midfield with good technical ability.

He’s been out a long time with that broken toe he picked up in mid-November when he was training with the full Algerian squad, but he’s thankfully fit again.

This is what Abeid has said:

“It’s all about being aggressive, and concentrating on the game.” “Even if you make a mistake, you just have to come back fast in the game and do your job.”

“I feel much better after my loan in Greece. I played many games, so I gained confidence in myself, got some experience and came back a different player.”

“I feel more confident, and this is just the benefit of the work I’ve been doing for so long now, so overall I’m happy with what I’m doing this season.”

“I never lost the confidence I could play for Newcastle, but I didn’t know what was going to happen last summer.” “I’m glad that I stayed and have played many games for Newcastle, because I like this club.”

“I’m back and fully fit now after what was a long injury and a hard injury for me.” “Three months out was very long, but now I’m back and ready and fit to play games, so I’m just enjoying my time on the pitch.”

“In Greece, I played behind the strikers, but here I’m playing more defensively.” “I like both roles, so wherever the coach wants to play me, I will do my best.”

“We are happy with John Carver. We are working, we are doing our best for him, and hopefully we will get better results in the future.”

Newcastle need better results in the last ten games than we have had in the first 10 games under Carver – with only two wins.

And we hope Mehdi keeps getting opportunities in the first team through the end of the season, although with Jack Colback back from his two game suspension now, it’s likely that  Mehdi could drop to the bench for the next game.

That’s unless Carver uses him as a withdrawn – number 10 – although we think Remy Cabella is likely to get an opportunity in that position very soon and maybe next Sunday, since he’s fit again.

We need a win against Everton on Sunday at Goodison Park.

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37 comments so far

  • hibbit

    Mar 9, 2015 at 9:58 AM

    Comment #1

    what’s happened to jail for ashley ????

  • jayphoto

    Mar 9, 2015 at 10:06 AM

    Comment #2

    Noticed with Carver he won’t say a word against players with influence. ie: Colloccini, Krul, Sissoko or players hes got a more than professional relationship with like Sammy ameobi and williamson when they play poorly (and they’ve had some shockers) but he’s very quick to point the finger in the media at Abeid and Anita.
    The backpass wasn’t ideal, but Kruls footwork on the ball is criminal! He’d knocked more than one goal kick straight out of play that night and spooned more than one kick nowhere near our players. We have possibly the only playing dutch nationality keeper with no actual technical football ability! Pretty sure that’s why Cillesson his ahead of him for the national team as Krul is actually the stronger goalkeeper when it comes to handling, crosses and shot stopping but distribution is a huge part of the game now and completely shapes how a team plays. We only have Krul and Williamson that aimlessly clip it long but it completely dictates how the other 9 players have to set up and play.

  • lesh

    Mar 9, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #3

    Jail’s probably scouring the world to find a replacement for Pardew and probably come up with a rubber crutch so far!

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 9, 2015 at 10:07 AM

    Comment #4

    I was wondering that too.

  • lesh

    Mar 9, 2015 at 10:08 AM

    Comment #5


    The likes of Colo have Ashley’s ear and are thus safe from criticism.

  • croftus5678

    Mar 9, 2015 at 10:11 AM

    Comment #6

    in fairness to abied he’s still very young and has had several very good-good games with this being his only very very bad game imo and he will hopefully get better with age and experience.

    compared to anita/tiote who are the people he is competing with for a place i’d have no worries about picking him over them(sissoko/colback should be our auto choices as it stands in cm)

    with reguards to new contracts only sammy imo is worth considering as the others are taking up valuable squad numbers and are only ever going to be players who can do a job in case ! and we need top 6 players not mid/lower league players.

    raylor should be a coach and teach these lads how to pass and his attitude is also second to none he’s be a very valuable coach imo.

    guti can maybe play in his home country for free with our respects of what he has done for us over the years and become a hero for some argentinian club.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 9, 2015 at 10:26 AM

    Comment #7

    disagree about R Taylor and coaching. We need proven coaches with experience and aspirations only to be the best coach possible rather than playing or managerial hopes.
    Heard Mike Phelan was a great coach, hes ended up in the championship coaching. The Remi Garde backroom staff has some great coaches.
    Absolutely shocked that more hasn’t been done to enhance the Newcastle coaching. As they spend no money and hope to develop small priced players or homegrown players into 20m players you’d have thought our coaching set up would be state of the art…
    At clubs that are successful in operating the policy we have, the coaching set up from u9’s to first team ALL play exactly the same way and there is a clear philosophy. Ajax, Lyon, Even Man utd under fergie operated this. At Newcastle our u18’s play tiki taka with a high line, our u21’s play direct and our first team plays deep containment counter attack (if you can call it that) No consistent structure!

  • Blofal

    Mar 9, 2015 at 10:32 AM

    Comment #8

    On signing Lacazette… we did try and sign him. As i remember both him and Aulus refused.

    He is my first choice striker but he also strikes me as a player that will seek to use us as a stepping stone and force a sale much like Cabaye did.

    Any world class striker we will stuggle to keep unless we are playing Champions league.

  • geordie157

    Mar 9, 2015 at 10:36 AM

    Comment #9

    Which players are out of contract this summer?

    Know, Raylor, Gutierrez, Sammy and Aarons are but any others ie Streete, Vuckic, Fergs, Alnwick?

    I’d give Raylor a new 1 year deal with something like play 20 games and it triggers a further year.

    Gutierrez will be released. Sammy is a tough one, again if possible a performance based contract may be the best option. it’s hard to tell if he will develop further or just continue to be inconsistent.

    Aarons is the must, get the lad signed up long term.

    Any others out of contract can leave.

  • geordie157

    Mar 9, 2015 at 10:39 AM

    Comment #10

    Lacazette would/will be a great signing, his value now though surely is around 20mill. Which rules us out.

    Think we’ll be looking at the likes of Mitrovic, Ings, Austin, Lasogga and Castaignos. Maybe Max Kruse but he might also be out of our price range.

  • jayphoto

    Mar 9, 2015 at 10:47 AM

    Comment #11

    I actually think Guitierrez merits a new contract if he’ll take a hit on his wages and accept being a squad player. We should sign better. We should have better. But I refuse to believe Gouffran, Sammy , Ryan Taylor and Obertan are better currently than Jonas. He can also cover centre mid and full back positions.
    Ideally we would sign players to mean we never had to see any of those players play for nufc again but lets face it, we won’t. If he leaves its highly unlikely he’ll be replaced and the club will be even weaker.
    Newcastle needs a huge clear out. We have some good players and I’m sure a team can be built around Janmaat,Lascelles, Haidara, Abeid, Aarons, Colback, Sissoko, Cabella, De Jong and perhaps Ameobi. we just need to fill in the blanks with experienced players at the peak of their career.

    I would look to sign N’koulou from Marseille. Release Willo and retain Taylor and Dummett. We’re stuck with Colo and we have Lascelles joining.

    In midfield I would add Mile Jedinak. True he’s 30 but his a great player and could easily have another 4-5 years.
    I’d also look to add Zlatko Junuzovic on right mid. Anyone that watches the bundesliga will know why.
    Up front I’d add Charlie Austin. Think QPR will go down and if they do he’ll be available for less than 12m. Hes scored goals in a bad team in the premier league.

    I’d estimate that to be a 25m outlay. Would seriously strengthen our side if there were no out goings.

  • toonincheek

    Mar 9, 2015 at 10:49 AM

    Comment #12

    Blofal –

    If Lacazette had signed for us last summer and scored
    almost a goal a game for us this season, would you
    really complain too much if he then moved to a CL

    Of course you would prefer it if he stayed, so would I, but we would have had a top class striker for a season,
    and made a good profit on the deal.
    Can’t really expect too much more than that at the mo’.

  • BoyDoneGood

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:07 AM

    Comment #13


    “We need top 6 players”

    Top 6 clubs have squads in the quarter-to-half billion pound range. NUFC are simply priced out of that market, unless they out-scout the top 6 or bring great young talent through the youth system – assuming it’s there to be developed.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:28 AM

    Comment #14

    In the new era of better communication there are a few important pieces of information that need clarifying from the Fans Forum and it would be wise for the club to address these promptly:
    (n.b. not direct quotes from the minutes)
    1) club mentioned ‘continued investment’ in the playing squad, in reality there is negative spending both in the summer and longer term.
    2) whilst not wanting to undermine the present head coach, potential candidates should continue to be communicated with to determine possibilities and future playing style/transfers.
    3) give the reasons behind the potential sale of the club by MA at the end of 2015/16 season.
    4) justify the decreased revenue generated by the club when the TV income is removed.

    Any more? – copy/past and add on, but try not to replicate.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #15

    does any1 know if the questions for the fans forum are vetted before the meeting ???????

  • toon kk

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #16

    Boy done good
    Your right we need at least six Top players. But what we need and what we get will be miles apart, there’s a regime set in place at the club.
    We buy kids with possibly potential, unfortunately alot aren’t cut out for the premier league.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:37 AM

    Comment #17

    1) club mentioned ‘continued investment’ in the playing squad, in reality there is negative spending both in the summer and longer term.
    2) whilst not wanting to undermine the present head coach, potential candidates should continue to be communicated with to determine possibilities and future playing style/transfers.
    3) give the reasons behind the potential sale of the club by MA at the end of 2015/16 season.
    4) justify the decreased revenue generated by the club when the TV income is removed.
    5) make sure that the wages offered to players with contract renewals and potential new signings are more competitive (and if necessary increase across the squad).
    6) the delay in Mbiwas loan was blamed for the lack of an incoming player, yet a previously stated desire was for a replacement player to be secured prior to an individual leaving.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:39 AM

    Comment #18

    beermonket @15

    questions from outside supporters are ‘processed’ by the club, but it is unclear to what extent other than removing profanity.

  • croftus5678

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:40 AM

    Comment #19

    @13 boydonegood

    aye top 6 teams do have a greatly more expensive squad but i dont think we are outpriced just our owner wont pay the price.

    my worry about this buying young to develop into a multi million pound player and team is that when we do get someone of promise we sell them before they are near there full potential so we will never have the team able to challenge for anything !

    perez is ideal as an example ! i’d bet now that when perez starts to deliver on the promise he’s shown and starts getting the goals for a season or 2 that he will be sold ! hence never having a top6 or 4 team.

  • dazzler

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:44 AM

    Comment #20

    Boy Done Good,

    What about when we made it to 5th with a squad no where near that value. Or Everton last year and the year before? Or Southampton this season?

    Top six sides don’t necessarily need such an expensive squad.

  • dazzler

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:46 AM

    Comment #21

    All we need to progress is careful investment in a HC / back room staff, who will utilise or younger players more effectively. A few players brought in for key areas.

    It won’t happen over night, but there’s is no reason top 5 can’t be the minimum expectation in two/three seasons time.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:48 AM

    Comment #22


    it seems to me questions never seem to get answered with a proper answer and then there is no follow up questions to try and get an answer to the original question

    you can go through the mins and end up with just as many questions as none seem to get answered

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:49 AM

    Comment #23

    Team for Everton:


  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:52 AM

    Comment #24

    beermonkey @22

    Was hoping that if we had a limited number of incisive questions that I would email them to the fans forum and the Chronicle. If only to test the declared intent to improve communication.

  • Lindisfarne

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:54 AM

    Comment #25

    questions = points of clarification

    trying to avoid closed questions that can be answered with single word responses.

  • expatmag

    Mar 9, 2015 at 11:55 AM

    Comment #26

    Out of contract is Jonas Raylor Alnwick Ameobi and maybe Saylor. We get Darlow Lascelles and Marveaux back from loan plus the Rangers 5. Pretty sure Vuckic is close to being out if contract too. Ferreryas loan will be cancelled and Aarons has another year with an option.

    I cant see Jonas Raylor or Alnwick being offered new deals and I think they will try to offload Marvesux and Elliott. They will sell Sissoko Tiote and Willo.

    That means they have some work to do on incoming.

  • beermonkey

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:06 PM

    Comment #27


    I wish you luck I cant see the chronicle risking another ban and I cant see the club being open about plans for the future and where they hope to take the club

    not that long ago they claimed Europa league and domestic cups were not viable and there is no money in it there for the league will always come first
    hence the last 4 years out of the fa cup first round we join
    because this is now being thrown back at them time and time again they are claiming we fielded the strongest team we could and we want to do well in the cups

    I think we all know the actual truth

  • beermonkey

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:09 PM

    Comment #28


    saylor willo collo out of contract end of next season

  • lesh

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:15 PM

    Comment #29


    The Club has sold or loaned out first team or top-class players in January without replacement. How can such outgoings without replacement by players of a similar or higher standard, be reconciled with the Club’s stated aim of strengthening the squad?

  • jayphoto

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #30

    expatmag – your hopeful there mate aren’t you? They won’t sell Williamson! No one would buy him and doubt he’d leave. He’s on the biggest stage he’ll ever be and probably at a bigger club playing than he ever dreamed possible. He’ll see his contract out here

  • beermonkey

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:19 PM

    Comment #31


    in his jan interview penfold used the phrase As we sit here today I can’t envisage any player we want to retain leaving.

    meaning if you nealy a year left on your deal and u might wanna pay rise your out the door for what we can get for you no matter what state it leaves the squad in

  • geordie157

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:23 PM

    Comment #32

    I imagine that they may cost too much for us but with Tiote likely to leave and Anita just not suited for the premier league.

    I’d like us to look at Tielemans of Anderlecht, Johannes Geis of Mainz, Jordy Clasie of Twente (i think) and maybe closer to home Leeds duo of Mowatt and Cook.

    The squad actually needs additions in pretty much all areas. Possibly with the exception of GK and maybe left back.

  • Tsunki

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:29 PM

    Comment #33

    Ah well we will find out if Charnley has a ‘plan’ this summer won’t we. The players we have been bitching about for the last 3 seasons are finally running out of contract, older, slower and no better for the experience. Step forward, Michael Williamson.

    On topic, I like the look of Abeid, he’s definitely trying to put some guts into his game, he just needs more starts. His ‘mistake’ against Man Utd was trying too hard imo, he saw the flapping in defence and desperately tried to take charge, if he hadn’t it was a goal anyway. More of a shame Tim was not alert to the possibility of him clearing it, which as far as I can recall would be his job anyway.

    I think he’s a future first pick, unlike Colback who evidently has no more improvement in him, and stats apart does not contribute to anything like attacking threat. Future sub hopefully for the redhead.

  • toon kk

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:31 PM

    Comment #34

    The trouble is alot of our loaned out player’s are suited to the championship at best, MA has this (well what he thinks is) great business plan of bringing young lads in, then sell them out for huge profits after they’ve kept us in the premier league for a couple of seasons, but you desperately need a balance of experience.
    MA doesn’t like to spend on more on experience.
    So add a poor coach like Carver you end up with —–our squad, which isn’t good enough.

  • geordie157

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:33 PM

    Comment #35

    I might aswell do a Kets style wish list…..but i’ll try and stick to realistic targets.

    CB, Van Dijk
    DM/CM Tielemans
    RW/LW/AM Wijnaldum
    ST Austin or Mitrovic

  • jayphoto

    Mar 9, 2015 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #36

    ooh a kets style wish list. I’m on it


  • hibbit

    Mar 9, 2015 at 1:03 PM

    Comment #37

    jayphoto willo going in to his last year any kind of offer will be taken as they don’t like players going for now’t any players going into there last year will be sold


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