Abeid aims to prove himself at Newcastle

Mehdi Abeid in action for Newcastle United against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID
Mehdi Abeid in action for Newcastle United against Oldham Athletic. Picture by FRANK REID

MEHDI Abeid vowed to stay patient at Newcastle United – even though he’s in a hurry to make it at the club.

The midfielder has made just two appearances for the club so far this season – both in the Capital One Cup.

Abeid was sent off for two bookable offences on his last outing against Crystal Palace in the competition’s third round.

The 22-year-old – who played his way back into United manager Alan Pardew’s plans during a year-long loan at Panathinaikos last season – is desperate for a chance in the Premier League.

Abeid has Cheik Tiote and Jack Colback ahead of him in the midfield pecking order.

But he is confident he can answer the questions that have been asked of him – if he gets a chance in the league.

“I know that I can show a lot to my team-mates and the gaffer,” Abeid said.

“I know that I can be a solution this season, and if I get a chance, I will do my best for everybody.

“I’m going to keep going, play my football and see (what happens).

“Hopefully, I can prove myself here.”

Panathinaikos were keen to take Abeid back to Greece given the success he had in their Greek Cup-winning campaign.

But Pardew blocked a return, and the technically-gifted player is seemingly closer than ever to making it at Newcastle.

Abeid, signed from French club Lens in the summer of 2011, could have to wait until the club’s visit to Manchester City on October 29 for a fourth-round Capital One Cup tie for his next opportunity.

Tiote and Colback have been two of United’s better performers so far this season.

Meanwhile, United have sold out their 2,200-ticket allocation for the club’s game against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on October 26.

Tickets for the City cup tie are on sale to season-ticket holders now priced £15 for adults, £10 for over-65s and 16-21 year-olds and £1 for under-16s.

n FORMER Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong has been loaned to Watford by Norwich for three months.

The 28-year-old hasn’t featured for the relegated club since April.

“It’s important for Seb to get some first-team football and keep himself fit and involved,” said Norwich manager Neil Adams.

“This is a good short-term loan move for all parties involved.”