As the final stretch of the January transfer window looms, clubs are getting increasingly twitchy as their hopes of landing a top target to revolutionise their season slips away.
And, although Newcastle United are perhaps the biggest draw in the second tier and going places fast under Rafa Benitez, they are currently facing up to the prospect of ending the month with the same team as they started it with.
Links with Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Tom Cleverley, Fabian Delph and Tom Cairney have come to nothing, meaning Jack Colback is still a regular feature in The Magpies midfield, much to the supporter’s dismay.
However, with time ticking away, could they to turn to a player who, just a year-and-a-half ago, was deemed inadequate for the standards of the English game?
However, although his time away from Tyneside has done little to instil regrets about sanctioning his departure, Newcastle will remember that the most impressive performances of his professional career came during his 2013/14 breakthrough season.
An expansive and accurate passer of the ball, the Algerian offers a much more wide-ranging skill set than that of Colback or Isaac Hayden with his ability to drive forward from midfield, shoot from range and win possession back with his tireless harrying helping him stand out in one of Ligue 1’s most unassuming sides. In short, Abeid has cut the mustard in Dijon.
But could he make his mark on Tyneside if given another chance?
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