Newcastle United are ready to reassess Mehdi Abeid when he returns from a loan spell at Panathanaikos this summer.

The Algerian midfielder was shipped out to Greece at the beginning of the season as he struggled to establish himself in the Toon ranks but has made quite an impact for the The Greens, scoring seven goals in 41 games.

Abeid was brought to England by Alan Pardew in the summer of 2011. The 21-year-old was given chances in the first-team in the FA Cup and League Cup campaigns but failed to impress and was loaned to Scottish side St Johnstone six months after arriving on a free transfer from Lens.

Those at the club soon decided he wasn’t ready for the first team when he returned from north of the border but after the last 10 months in Greece, it could be a different story when he returns to Tyneside.

Panathanaikos are currently competing in a mini-league in their division, which consists of the teams who finished 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 5th playing each other for the final Champions League place. Six games in 18 days awaits Pana, so Abeid’s season could end on a high note should his adopted side join runaway league winners Olympiakos in the Champions League.

It is understood that those monitoring Abeid’s progress in Greece have been impressed by the youngster’s performances.

With new blood in central midfield needed by Newcastle this summer, Abeid may well get another chance to impress his manager when he returns. Dan Gosling is set to leave on a free, so Abeid’s route towards the first team may be slightly easier.

Powerful and energetic, Abeid is most similar to Moussa Sissoko in terms of playing style but plays best in central midfield, where he will be eyeing a place alongside Cheick Tiote next season.