St Johnstone manager Steve Lomas believes his on-loan from Newcastle midfield man Mehdi Abeid is a “very exciting” prospect.
The Algerian, who started his career in France with Lens, has played for the Magpies in the Europa League this season and Steve feels Abeid has the chance to stake a claim for a first-team place with the Perth outfit.
“Coming to a club like St Johnstone and getting top-team experience is good for players like Mehdi,” Steve added.
“It’s also good for Saints as we get the services of a promising young talent.
“He’s a player who is hungry to play top-team football and, hopefully, we will benefit from his time with us.
“His arrival has freshened up our midfield and freshening up an area of the team is no bad thing.”
Abeid made his Saints debut as a substitute in the Scottish Cup loss to St Mirren and he’s likely to be involved again when Saints visit Hibs on Monday night.
Whether Murray Davidson lines up in that game remains to be seen.
He is still overcoming an ankle problem and his appearance is very much touch and go.
Chris Millar and Steven Anderson, also recovering from injuries, have less chance of making it.
Saints away U/20 game against Inverness CT, due on Monday, was postponed due to the weather.
Meanwhile, striker Craig Beattie, released by Saints, is believed to be on trial with English League One outfit Shrewsbury Town.