Patient Abeid pledges battle for action

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MEHDI Abeid is vowing to stay patient at Newcastle United – even though he’s in a hurry to make an impact.

The midfielder has made just two appearances for the Magpies so far this season – both in the Capital One Cup.

Abeid was sent off for two bookable offences on his last outing against Crystal Palace in last month’s third round tie at Selhurst Park.

The 22-year-old – who played his way back into manager Alan Pardew’s plans by impressing during a year-long loan at Panathinaikos last season – is desperate for a chance in the Premier League.

Abeid has Cheick Tiote and summer signing Jack Colback ahead of him in the midfield pecking order, but he is confident he can answer the questions that have been asked of him – if he gets a chance in the league.

“I know that I can show a lot to my team-mates and the gaffer,” Abeid said.

“I know that I can be a solution this season and if I get a chance, I will do my best for everybody.

“I’m going to keep going, play my football and see (what happens).

“Hopefully, I can prove myself here.”

Panathinaikos were keen to take Abeid back to Greece, given the success he had in their Greek Cup-winning campaign.

But Pardew blocked a return, and the technically-gifted player is seemingly closer than ever to making it at Newcastle.

Abeid, signed from French club Lens in the summer of 2011, could have to wait until the Capital One Cup visit to Manchester City on October 29 for his next first-team opportunity.