Out at the African Cup of Nations, Mehdi Abeid is part of the Algeria squad hoping to win the competition.

Yesterday (Sunday) the former Newcastle midfielder was an unused substitute as he watched his teammates surprisingly struggle to a 2-2 draw against unfancied Zimbabwe in their first group game.

Riyad Mahrez scored both of Algeria’s goals and Mehdi Abeid is hoping to get his chance when they meet Tunisia on Thursday in the second group game.

However, after watching Sunday’s game, Abeid was happy to talk about his club career when questioned about his future.

Only given seven starts at Newcastle United, the midfielder has been attempting to rebuild his career, signing for and spending a season in Greek football with Panathinaikos, then stepping up to Ligue 1 with Dijon in summer 2016.

After making 15 Ligue 1 appearances this season and scoring two goals, Mehdi Abeid has admitted that he is already planning on getting back into the Premier League and proving the likes of Alan Pardew wrong.

Many Newcastle fans felt he wasn’t given a fair chance and amongst his rare appearances, he impressed against the likes of Manchester City and Liverpool.

After Algeria’s 2-2 draw with Zimbabwe, Mehdi Abeid spoke to the media:

“I don’t know if I should say this here but it is my plan to come back to the Premier League.

“Yes, I’m looking to come back.

“We (Algeria)didn’t start well, we were too deep on the pitch.

“The second half was a little bit better, we played forward and it was easier for us.”

As for Newcastle’s players at the African Cup of Nations.

Mohamed Diame was also a spectator, watching Senegal win 2-0 on Sunday against Tunisia, named on the bench but not used.

Monday sees Chancel Mbemba’s DR Congo take on Morocco, then Tuesday it is Ghana and Christian Atsu up against Uganda.