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Newcastle United’s World Cup Hopefuls

By Cal, click here to go to the discussion thread

Stats are for this season up to 10 Jan 14. Rankings are out of the 20 players to have played at least 180 minutes this season.

ALGERIA

Mehdi Abeid
The 21 year old French-born Algerian has yet to be called up to the senior squad since he switched allegiances from the French youth system in 2011, but he has made a handful of appearances at the U23 level. He’s serving this season on loan at Panathinaikos and has impressed so far in his time there, scoring 4 goals in 15 league appearances to help the Super League side to 4th place, while also making him their second top scorer. The Algerian national squad has an ageing core of midfielders and seem to have been experimenting with call-ups for a range of younger players this past year, giving Abeid an outside chance of some involvement soon and potentially at the World Cup.

ARGENTINA

Fabricio Coloccini
Despite having the most caps (39) of any defender recently involved with the Argentina squad, Coloccini hasn’t gone to a major tournament with his national team since the 2006 World Cup. Last year he did enjoy a fringe role for his country however, earning 4 caps, but most of those came from friendlies.

His form for Newcastle has been mixed this season, his average rating of 6.11 placing 10th out of the 20 players we’ve used for 180 or more minutes, however it was picking up and he formed a formidable partnership with Williamson through the winter. This has been halted by a lengthy injury, however, which will ruin the momentum he was building and further reduce his likelihood of going to the World Cup. Continue reading