Pardew identifies the three stand-out areas of Abeid's game

St James Park

Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has identified three of Mehdi Abeid's top qualities.

Alan Pardew has identified three key areas of Mehdi Abeid's game that are well refined, despite his tender years.

Abeid may only be 22-years-old but Pardew feels the central-midfielder offers the his key qualities in a number of areas.

"He has good strength, good discipline and a good mentality," Pardew is quoted as saying by the Shields Gazette.

Abeid has broken into the Newcastle team in recent weeks and played a major part in their success of late.

He made his Premier League debut in a 1-0 win against Liverpool on Saturday, after impressing during a 2-0 win against Manchester City in the Capital One Cup. 

The Magpies failed to win any of their first seven matches in the league but have now won their last four in all competitions and confidence is high around St. James' Park.

Abeid can take a great deal of credit for this up-turn in form, too.

Brought in to replace Cheick Tiote, the youngster has performed a vital role in the centre of the pitch for his team and helped them dominate matches.

His presence and disciplined positional play have made Newcastletough to break down and the fact they have only conceded one goal in their last four games is testament to that.

And the Algerian's form in the last two games has convinced Pardew that he could be ready for a regular first-team role. 

"He earned the right to play on Saturday, and hopefully he is one of the young players that could be a regular for us," he added.

Abeid will now be looking to hold down a regular first-team place and his next chance to impress could come against West Bromwich Albion. 

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