Name: Mehdi Abeid
Squad number: 39
Born: 6th August, 1992, Montreuil, France
Previous clubs: Lens
Signed: July 2011, from Lens
Newcastle United debut: 20th September, 2011 v Nottingham Forest (away), Carling Cup
Mehdi Abeid signed for Newcastle on 1st July, 2011, from RC Lens for an undisclosed fee.
And while the youngster's arrival on Tyneside may have gone largely went unnoticed as more established names like Yohan Cabaye and Sylvain Marveaux also coming in, Abeid quickly set about making an impact.
Originally destined for a spot in the Magpies' reserves, the midfielder's performances in pre-season training were so impressive that manager Alan Pardew had no hesitation in including Abeid on the first team tour of America.
Friendly appearances came against Darlington, Sporting Kansas City, Orlando City, Columbus Crew and Gateshead, and he was handed his full United debut on 20th September, 2011, as the Magpies progressed to the fourth round of the Carling Cup with a victory at Nottingham Forest.
In July 2013, Abeid signed a season-long loan deal with Greek outfit Panathinaikos.
Born in Montreuil, France, to Algerian parents, Abeid joined RC Lens in 2003, aged 11. He was a member of their Academy for eight years and part of the reserve team squad before joining Newcastle.
A member of the French team at the European Under 17 Championships in Germany in 2009, Abeid has also been capped by Les Bleus at Under 18 level. The midfielder joined up with Algeria Under 23s for a training camp in October 2011.