Newcastle prospect handed first international call-up - but it may be bad news for Pardew

Newcastle midfielder Mehdi Abeid has been called up by Algeria.

With four wins in a row, it's been quite the turnaround for Alan Pardew at Newcastle United.

Fans were adamant that the former West Ham United boss had to leave in order for the club to progress after a dreadful start to the season, but the atmosphere has changed exponentially in recent weeks.

The 1-0 win over Leicester City has triggered a great improvement in the Magpies, with subsequent victories over Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester City and Liverpool.

The sharp upturn in form has coincided with Pardew's increasing reliance on young players. The likes of Paul Dummett, Rolando Aarons, Sammy Ameobi and Ayoze Perez are becoming more and more important in Pardew's side, and all have impressed of late.

Another player to have emerged lately is midfielder Mehdi Abeid. The 22-year-old played the full 90 minutes in the 1-0 over Liverpool, and has earned plaudits for his performance.

That has triggered more good news for the French-born youngster - he's about to earn his first full international cap.

Yet, it won't be with France. Despite representing Les Blues at Under 16, 17 and 18 levels, Abeid then switched his allegiance to Algeria in 2011, and has earned three caps for their Under-23 side.

Now, Abeid could be set for his first cap after being called up to the Algeria squad to face Ethiopia and Mali later this month - but it may spell trouble for Pardew.

Abeid's involvement would increase the chances of him being called up for the African Cup of Nations in January, when Algeria will travel to Morocco for a month - ruling him out of Newcastle games.

Pardew will no doubt be happy that one of his young prospects has earned international recognition, but his possible absence would be a big blow for the Magpies.

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