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Mehdi Abeid has been coming back to Newcastle since before he even left St James Park…

2 years ago
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Mehdi Abeid could be coming back to Newcastle United…or maybe not.

We are seeing some pretty deep barrels being scraped at the moment by the media, desperate for clicks and attention as the football world goes into a lull.

No action football being played and the transfer window doesn’t even open for another 5 weeks+, so they have to ‘earn’ their money somehow.

Surely the very deepest barrel though, must be when the newspapers can’t even be bothered to come up with a new name linked to a particular club.

Although there is also the very very deepest one, where rather than even repeat a previous transfer story involving another club’s player, they instead simply recycle one of their past transfer tales involving a player who used to play for Newcastle.

We have had it with Yohan Cabaye.

We had it with Mathieu Debuchy.

We have repeatedly had it with Hatem Ben Arfa.

We even had it with Moussa Sissoko!!

None of these players were ever ever going to come back to Newcastle United.

Three of them forced moves away, whilst Ben Arfa ended up being paid off early from his contract with Newcastle not receiving a penny of a transfer fee. Yes, I can certainly see Mike Ashley agreeing to that one!

Andy Carroll of course is the ultimate, leaving Newcastle six and a half years ago, not a transfer window goes by without him ‘coming home’. Another one that is most definitely not going to happen.

Mehdi Abeid is arguably the strangest one though.

Only starting seven league games for Newcastle he maybe had one and a half decent matches in the Premier League before being allowed to head off to the weak Greek league for a nominal fee two years ago, yet he repeatedly is linked with a return to St James Park.

He turns 25 before the start of next season and has done nothing to suggest he is anywhere near the quality Newcastle will need this season, he had one stand out season when on loan to Panathinaikos in that Greek pub league on loan from NUFC – but you have accept the very poor quality he was up against.

This past season he has played for Dijon in a relegation battle in Ligue 1, a competition where there are only a handful of decent teams and plenty chance to stand out, yet Abeid has only managed three goals and two assists in the league as they narrowly avoided the drop.

Even looking at the four deserters Newcastle banked around £80m for last summer, even if there was any chance of them coming back, I wouldn’t want any of Janmaat, Wijnaldum, Townsend and Sissoko back.

The fact they were so desperate to get away rather than help Newcastle back into the Premier League tells you all about their characters anyway. Whilst even just on ability/output, I think only Wijnaldum has shown himself to be a decent player but is somebody who needs quality around him, as he’s found to an extent at Liverpool.

The success rate from the newspapers is embarrassing anyway on transfers but when it comes to players returning to Newcastle this summer, I think the chances are non-existent.

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