Newcastle star suggests new role which Carver should use him in

Newcastle United's Mehdi Abeid would like to have a more advanced role to play at St. James' Park.

Mehdi Abeid has suggested to the Sunderland Echo that he could play in a more advanced role for Newcastle if required.

Abeid has generally been stationed as a defensive midfielder for his side, but he insists that he also has the capabilities to go forward.

The 22-year-old has previously been on a loan spell at Panathinaikos where he was made to play in an attacking midfield role and he would be open to being handed a similar function at St. James' Park. 

“I feel much better after my loan in Greece. I played many games, so I gained confidence in myself, got some experience and came back a different player," he said. 

“I feel more confident, and this is just the benefit of the work I’ve been doing for so long now, so overall I’m happy with what I’m doing this season.”

Abeid has generally impressed with Newcastle this campaign, after starting the season expected to be back-up to the first team. 

The powerful midfielder has played 12 times for the Magpies and there is talk that he looks a natural successor to Cheick Tiote.

Tiote has been tipped to move away from the Tynesiders this summer by sources such as the Telegraph, but most feel that his loss wouldn't hurt the side too badly, with Abeid able to perform a similar function.

That means that his chances of actually being utilised further forward look limited, but the Alergian-born star will be looking to convince John Carver that he can impact on the game in an attacking sense, as well as a defensive one, over the rest of the campaign. 

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