Two weeks ago Newcastle United were dramatically collapsing at the Etihad, then in the early evening some two thousand miles away, Mehdi Abeid was continuing his new life with Panathinaikos.
Mehdi Abeid was one of the key players last Autumn when Newcastle beat Manchester City in the League Cup and he must have mixed emotions having accepted the less glamorous life in Greek football.
Over fifty three thousand were at the Etihad to see Aguero’s one man demolition show, whilst 2,422 were witness to Mehdi Abeid and Panathinaikos’ latest victory away at Xanthi.
With five wins out of six his new club are second in the table behind Olympiakos but it hasn’t been plain sailing for Mehdi Abeid.
With his move coming only days before Greek football kicked off their season, understandably Abeid didn’t play in the first match of the season.
However, he then played two matches before being left out of the following two, before then getting a recall for that win in Xanthi.
Maybe a hangover from a realisation that he had swapped his Premier League dreams for (hopefully) regular football and a chance to build a career.
The irony was probably not lost on Mehdi Abeid when to the astonishment of Newcastle fans, Yoan Gouffran joined Vurnon Anita as the central midfield pair against Manchester City.
Many Newcastle fans would have fancied the prospect of Abeid starting ahead of both of them, whilst it would have been all but unanimous where Gouffran was concerned.
The popular feeling was that Mehdi Abeid was ‘pardewed’ at Newcastle and one of a number of younger players who was never really given his chance.
Interesting to see how he cracks on and whether he proves Newcastle right or wrong for discarding him after so few opportunities.
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