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Newcastle Midfielder Leaves Newcastle

Mehdi Abeid has officially left Newcastle for Panathinaikos, the side he played so well for the season before last when he spent the season on loan there, and scored 10 goals in 38 appearances for the Greek powerhouse.

Mehdi is one of the first to leave the club permanently this summer, but there are other players who will be shipped out before the transfer window ends on August 31st – a week on Monday.

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Mehdi Abeid – in action in pre-season

This is the piece on the Newcastle web-site about Mehdi leaving.


Mehdi Abeid has joined Panathinaikos on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.

The 23-year-old midfielder joins the Greek Super League side after more than four years on Tyneside, during which he made 21 appearances in all competitions.

Abeid signed for Newcastle United in May 2011 from Lens and made his debut four months later at Nottingham Forest in the League Cup.

A temporary spell at St. Johnstone was followed by a season-long loan at Panathinaikos during the 2013/14 campaign, and the one-cap Algerian international returned to Newcastle to make his Premier League debut in November 2014.

Abeid leaves St. James’ Park with the Club’s best wishes for his future at Panathinaikos.


Mehdi joined as a free agent four years ago as an 18 year-old, and it looked after his successful loan spell last summer that he had a chance of making it at Newcastle, but he just hasn’t come through unfortunately.

The Algerian International, who was born and brought up in France now has a good chance to resurrect his career at Panathinaikos, and since he was there the season before last he should be able to settle down very quickly.

It’s been reported he has signed only a one year deal at the Greek club.

We wish Mehdi all the best in his future career in football.

Comments welcome.

8 comments so far

  • Rotonda heights

    Aug 21, 2015 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #1

    our toon

    would much rather have kept abeid than colback. i just don’t see what colback creates at all, especially on set pieces.

  • Our Toon

    Aug 21, 2015 at 1:44 PM

    Comment #2


    Completely agree mate, poor decision by the management. Good luck to the lad though

  • will die for the toon army

    Aug 21, 2015 at 1:45 PM

    Comment #3


    If we have really offered 10m for Austin. That isnt bad money for a 26 yr old with a bad injury record with a year left on his contract and with one year of EPL experience.

    QPR shld take that.

  • Sliema

    Aug 21, 2015 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #4

    Will die

    They already turned down £12million from Leicester. I’m guessing they could go back to them and get the same deal again.

    I think he is more valuable to them than £12million simply because his goals will probably get them promoted, way more money.

  • pawl250

    Aug 21, 2015 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #5

    Although Abeid would add depth to our team, he is probably (and rightly) about 6th choice after Colback, Tiote, Sissoko, Wijnaldum, Anita.

    I do not think he is better than any of those players despite the rave people give him on here. He is a very average player which is why he has never really broken through into a first team position.

    Still cannot understand the Thauvin transfer.

    We need players in our squad to provide competition in places. Surely keeping Cabella, a player the club spent 12m on last year, and then buying Thauvin would have made sense to have both competing for starting/bench places.

    Instead we spend a futher 12m and send Cabella out the club for I assume nothing until next year when we may get a fee, most likley a very watered down one.

    Just do not understand.

    We still need a right back and a centre back.

    Team for Man Utd

    ———————— Krul
    Mbemba – STaylor – Coloccini – Haidara
    Sissoko – Wijnaldum – Colback – Aarons
    —————– Cisse – Mitrovic

    Darlow, Dummett, Anita, Obertan, Thauvin, De Jong, Perez

  • JP...from The Rock

    Aug 21, 2015 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #6

    As much as I wante dCabella to be given another chance under Schteve I happy that we have finally signed Thauvin. He is younger, faster, maybe stronger and I think he is the better player. The transfer had to be done at way for his club to sell and Graham Carr has been hellbent in getting Thauvin for the best part of 3 years now. He saw this as the perfect opportunity to get him, and if that meant selling a player which produced next to nothing in a year in Cabella then Carr and the club must have thought it was a gamble worth taking. I guess I have to agree too. I would have liked them both here bit I can understand why it was done this way. Just hope it works out for us.

  • dazza

    Aug 21, 2015 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #7

    If you really rate Abeid over Colback you should have your heads looked at. Maybe you have something against Gingers? Abeid isn’t fit to lace Jack’s boots. Abeid is careless and wasteful in possession and very average defensively. Colback excels at both possession and tackling. Take a closer look next time. No he isn’t a Cabaye type player but probably our most consistent midfielder / role player.

  • zidane10

    Aug 22, 2015 at 4:41 AM

    Comment #8

    big mistake, abied is better the colback in every aspect of football, dribbling, aggression, touch, play making, anchor man. skill. colback shoud have been sold instead.


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