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Who is Mehdi Abeid?

May 25th, 2011 | 15 Comments |

Mehdi Abeid: What's he like then?
Mehdi Abeid: What's he like then?
Of course, the signing of 18 year old RC. Lens starlet, Mehdi Abeid, is now a ‘done deal’ as they say, so in this piece, I will be trying to piece together as much that is known about him as I possibly can.

He is an eighteen year old right footed offensive (in the football sense!) midfielder who can, apparently, also play in a forward position. Of French Algerian descent. Abeid himself said that he he has spoken with Hatem Ben Arfa with Cheick Tiote about the club, and that they “encouraged” and “welcomed” him (more on that below).

Though he seems to be fairly highly regarded, he is almost certainly another ‘one for the future’, having gained most of his previous experience in Lens’s ‘B’ team, rather than in full competition. He does have experience with France’s Under 17 and under 18 teams though, with 14 under 17 caps (scoring 2 goals) and 3 Under 18 caps. Although his signing was only just announced offiicially earlier today, the deal had been ongoing for a while, with Abeid training with the club’s reserves last week.

In an interview on his transfer to Newcastle United, he told French football magazine, L’Equipe: (more…)