Mehdi Abeid Blackburn

Young midfielder Mehdi Abeid is writing a regular blog for this season, and in his latest instalment the teenager writes about his FA Cup experience, Sunday's derby against Sunderland, and his thoughts on a possible loan move...


It has been a while since I last wrote my blog, and for that I am sorry, but I have been very busy over the last couple of months!

I played against Blackburn in the FA Cup, have been training hard - both here in Newcastle and on our warm weather training camp in Tenerife - and have also been representing the Club off the pitch on a number of occasions as well.

Let's begin though with the Blackburn game at the start of January. It was only my second start for Newcastle and it was fantastic that the manager put his faith in me to pick me.

I really tried to work hard for the team in that central midfield role. It wasn't easy but I hope I did well and we won the game, which was the most important thing.

If I'm honest, I didn't know too much about the FA Cup, other than it is a big cup in England and very important for the Club. It was a competition we wanted to do well in and so were disappointed to go out against Brighton.

But since then we have had some great results, to add to a lot of good wins that we have already picked up this season. We have to keep going now, and to continue to push the teams above us and hope we can get a place in Europe.

On Sunday we will be looking for another three points when we are up against Sunderland.

I may not be from Newcastle, but I know the importance of this game. I know it is a big game for us and we hope to do well.

We will fight, battle and work hard to try and get the three points. We know it will be a very competitive game this weekend, so everybody is ready to play and concentrate on what is in front of us.

I cannot wait to see the stadium on Sunday. It will be fantastic to see and hear the atmosphere as a lot of people have told me about it.

This is a derby which means a lot to the people of Newcastle and we will do our best to make them happy.

I will probably be watching the game from the stands, but I feel very good at the moment and am just waiting my chance. I am training every day, working hard and trying to progress to improve myself.

I know that I am only young at the moment, and I have plenty of time ahead of me to play here at Newcastle. At the moment I am learning and when I get my chance then I hope to do well every week.

I have heard rumours about me possibly going out on loan and that is something which I would like.

To get regular games would be good. I am just 19-years-old so I need to play in order to get more experience. It could be a good opportunity for me to progress and learn about a league like the Championship.

Whether I go out on loan or not though, I hope to have a good end of the season. I want to get plenty of games and maybe even get my first minute in the Premier League. Here's hoping.