Abeid

Abeid – More Than Capable

Mehdi Abeid arrived on Tyneside at the age of 18 back in 2011, leaving french side RC Lens where he spent 8 years learning his footballing abilities via their academy.

After speaking to Cheick Tiote, who Abeid states “encouraged” him to make the switch to the Premier League, he decided to join the Ivorian over at Newcastle United.

The Algerian midfielder made his NUFC debut July 2011 in a pre season friendly against local side Darlington. Which is mainly remembered by the “If Sammy Scores We’re On The Pitch” chant which led to a 10 minute delay when NUFC fans took to the pitch after Sammy Ameobi put Newcastle 0-2 up in the 55th minute.

Abeid made his competitive deput September 2011 against Notts Forest in the league cup, Newcastle came out the game with a victory after a last minute extra time winner from captain Fabricio Coloccini put his side 3-4 up, with the other goals coming from a Lovenkrands brace and right-back Danny Simpson.

The following season Abeid was loaned out St Johnstone where he featured 12 times for the Scottish side.
Abeid was then loaned out yet again the following season (13/14) to Greek side Panathinaikos.
His loan switch to Greece was a successful one for the Algerian youngster as he finished as the clubs second top goalscorer; scoring 7 goals in 28 appearances. He helped his side reach third place in the league just three points away from runners up PAOK. On 26 April 2014, Abeid helped Panathinaikos win the Greek Cup.

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But that wasn’t the end of his contribution for the club. He then helped his team win the Greek play-offs; qualifying for the Champions League, scoring 2 goals in four games.

Mehdi returned to Tyneside for 14/15 pre season, where United travelled to both New Zealand and Germany.
10 games into the Premier League season Abeid made his Premier League starting debut against Liverpool, 3 years after signing for the club. His performance against a strong Liverpool midfield which included Steven Gerrard certainly merits more game time. The Algerian was dominant force in the centre of the pitch containing LFC’s playmakers and preventing any form of creativity from the visitors at St James Park.

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With Defensive midfielder Cheick Tiote being unavailable for selection Alan Pardew will be overjoyed with the 22 year old Algerian’s performance against last seasons Premier League’s runners up and will surely start when the Toon Army travel to West Brom On Sunday looking for their fifth consecutive win.

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NUFC – Winning Streak

Hands up who saw the last four results coming? If you raised your hand I suspect you will be lying. Before the Leicester City game a win looked nearly impossible let alone four wins in a row. Credit to the players, coaches and manager for this run of games; they have managed to get the results despite being under immense and deserved pressure from the stands.

Over the past month, Newcastle United fans have been labelled as “fickle.” Of course fans are going to be disillusioned when their team is performing poorly and be happy when their team wins games. By that nature every football fan is fickle, to some extent. Newcastle United are now winning games and competing on the pitch- something that has been missing particularly since January. Is it so wrong to enjoy your club doing well?

My stance on Alan Pardew as manager has not changed. After months and months of rubbish one excellent month does not erase the bad memories. He is nominated for October’s manager of the month and if he wins the award it will be well deserved- I have no problem with giving him praise when things go well since I am heavily critical when things are not great. I am wary of this run. It is fantastic- don’t get me wrong- but we have been on similar runs before under Pardew which have been more of an abnormality to the rubbish we usually have to sit through. Hopefully this run is something to build on though.

Hopefully Sunday’s game with West Bromwich Albion ends with our fifth successive win which would set us up nicely with the international break on the horizon. It will be interesting to see how Pardew sets the team up with Obertan injured and talk of Tiote being fit. I hope he does not replace Obertan with the out of form Gouffran when Aarons and Cabella should be ahead of him. Putting Tiote straight back in would be unfair on Colback or Abeid who would probably miss out.

Pardew has got it right the last four games so let’s hope he gets it right on Sunday.

Obertan

Obertan – Lengthy Spell Out

Just when Gabriel Obertan finally starts to win the NUFC fans over a “serious” thigh injury picked up in Newcastle’s 1-0 win over Liverpool has sidelined the french winger for a lengthy spell.

Midway through the first half Gabby clenched his thigh whilst sprinting towards the Leazes to reach a pass which led the winger down the right hand side of the final third of the pitch.

Obertan received a hefty amount of medical attention before being lifted over the advertisement boards and onto a stretcher; being led past the Leazes end before being helped down the tunnel by NUFC medical staff.

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Pardew stated in his post match comments

“The only sour note of the day was Obertan’s injury. He has been a big part of the success in these last few weeks, and it is a bad one.

“We are all sad for Gabby, and we just hope it is not too bad. But he has done something to his thigh muscle.”

Obertan has failed to excite fans since his £3m arrival from Man United in 2011, but after a surprise individual start to the 2014/2015 season he slowly started to impress, netting his first premier league goal for United against Leicester City on October 18th. Gabby had a great game and topped his performance off with a great individual run from the left flank towards Leicester’s box before driving his match winning shot into the bottom left corner.

At the start of the season you’d be surprised to have found any NUFC fan who would of been deflated not to see Obertan’s name on the NUFC team sheet. But after hard work and determination to impact on games when it seemed that his time on Tyneside was over Gabby had changed the fans way of thinking.

Now who replaces Obertan whilst he recovers from injury ?  Aarons, Ameobi, Cabella or Gouffran ?

Let’s just hope he returns quicker than expected with the same “go get them” attitude he started the season with.

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Campo Retro – Discount

As most of you will already be aware “GallowgateShots.com” has reached the final stage of voting in the Best Club category at “The Football Blogging Awards” annual event.

To thank you for helping us get this far and your continued support for our website we have have teamed up with retro football shirt producer CampoRetro, and we are able to offer all of the blog fans a 20% discount at CampoRetro.

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This offer will end on the day of the FBA ceremony on 13th November 2014.

One again Thank You so much for your votes and support, we couldn’t of made it this far without you all.

 

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The FBA’s – Finalists

The Football Blogging Awards announced the finalists in each category last week, and thanks to all your votes “GallowgateShots.com” and one of our resident writers Steph Bishop were amongst the names to be announced.

Steph has reached the final stage as the best female blogger whilst “GallowgateShots” is in the running to receive the best club blog award. Each category containing 10 nominees.

The voting polls have now been reset ( previous round voting has been wiped and voting starts from zero nominations) and reopened. You can vote via Twitter, Facebook or via the FBA website, all available here.

GallowgateShots and Steph are the only NUFC representatives who have reached the finals cut and we really hope that you can help us on our way to winning the awards in each category.

A special mention to fellow finalist @FPLHints who has been nominated in the FPL Blog category.  He gets our vote .

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