Newcastle United midfielder Mehdi Abeid has been talking about the prospect of representing his country at next year’s Africa Cup of Nations.
The 22-year-old has been called up for Algeria’s qualifying match against Ethiopia on Friday and in an interview with the Shields Gazette he was asked if he would like to feature when the tournament kicks-off in January.
“Of course, it’s in my mind,” Abeid said. “It will depend on the choice of the manager.
“I have a chance and I will try to do my best, but the most important thing is to play for Newcastle. We will see what will be.”
Abeid is one of a number of young Newcastle players to impress so far this season and having started – and finished – the last two Premier League games the future looks very bright for him.
He has formed part of a rejuvenated Newcastle team that has put together a run of form that has propelled them up the table. And as much of a blow as it would be for Pardew if Abeid was missing for a spell next year, he is unlikely to prevent him from taking the chance if it is offered to him.