88% pass accuracy, three interceptions: Newcastle's Mehdi Abeid makes impressive return

St James Park

Newcastle United midfielder Mehdi Abeid made an impressive return to the first-team in Tuesday night's 1-1 draw at Burnley.

Newcastle United denied Burnley a third win in four games on Tuesday night, as Pappis Cisse’s second-half striker cancelled out George Boyd’s 34th-minute opener.

The trip to Turf Moor marked a return to the line-up for midfielder Mehdi Abeid, who had missed the past two fixtures against Queens Park Rangers and West Ham United, respectively, after suffering a broken toe while on international duty with Algeria.

The promising 22-year-old had previously made his Premier League breakthrough following a stellar performance in the shock 2-0 Capital One Cup win at Manchester City, putting in two further impressive showings in victories against Liverpool and West Bromwich Albion to prove his top-flight credentials.

  Total ShotsShots On TargetTotal Key PassesTotal PassesPassing AccuracyTotal TacklesDuels WonDuel SuccessInterceptionsTouchesDispossessedMins Played
Mehdi Abeid 3 1 1 42 88% 2 6 75% 3 58 0 90

Back in the starting XI on the night with Moussa Sissoko and Jack Colback both out suspended, he continued where he left off with another assured 90 minutes, protecting the back-four alongside captain Cheick Tiote with few problems.

The former Panathinaikos loanee did blow his big chance in the first-half, when he burst through on goal and forced a save from goalkeeper Tom Heaton, but that shouldn’t take away from what was a hugely encouraging display.

With manager Alan Pardew seemingly a big fan of the youngster, he could well be set to retain his place when table-toppers Chelsea visit St. James’ Park on Saturday lunctime.

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