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It’s Very Unlikely Benitez Will Sign This Player In The Summer

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.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • lochinvar

    Jul 2, 2017 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #1

    This lad was definitely Pardewed. I believe he was regarded well by Beardsley and others as having the potential and now he is physically stronger and has more experience in two different leagues. More importantly he has a passion for Newcastle and could well be an asset for the squad and do damage to many Premier League teams that we will play, not forgetting the Cup runs. Just depends on who Rafa has pencilled in to fill all the squad positions, but could be a useful addition if there’s room for him.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 2, 2017 at 8:59 AM

    Comment #2

    I would guess Rafa is fond of reminding people he won the Champions League Cup, fondly acknowledges explayers and does a lot of charity work in Liverpool. But that might be just being professional rather than sentimental.

  • expatmag

    Jul 2, 2017 at 9:00 AM

    Comment #3

    If he is so good, why is he languishing at an inferior french low level team and more often on the bench than starting?

    No thanks. We need much much better than him. In fact, we already have much better than him in Hayden and Diame

  • expatmag

    Jul 2, 2017 at 9:03 AM

    Comment #4


    Last thread

    Some good replies there but my point is that Ashley is a businessman with the first thiught on making a profit and any current or future impediments to that “ambition” may force him to close the wallet, so to speak

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 2, 2017 at 9:06 AM

    Comment #5

    I had wiped Diame from my memory…..all my hope will drain away if he starts against Spurs.

  • Lindisfarne

    Jul 2, 2017 at 9:17 AM

    Comment #6


    As an experienced businessman I would hope MA can allocate sufficient resources to deal with each problem, whilst the day to day management remains unimpeded. The biggest problem we have is Charnleys imaginary line that broadens with every passing transfer window.


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