For £20M This Striker Would Be A Better Bet Than Danish International


Newcastle are being told they will have to pay around £20M for Danish striker Nicolai Jorgensen and they are having second thoughts about the deal.

And there is news in the Mail today that Newcastle may turn their attention to 29-year-old Leicester City striker Islam Slimani.

The asking price for Slimani is £20M, and we think he would be a better buy than Jorgensen.

While Slimani hasn’t been too successful at Leicester City, he’s still scored 13 goals and 7 assists in 46 appearances for them and is a good target man up front – and he has both pace and power.

Islam Slimani – 29-year-old Leicester City striker

Newcastle should not be short of money and if we can get Slimani in we could sell Aleksandar Mitrovic – hopefully to a continental club.

Brighton have made a bid for him (£8M – they got to be kidding), but the offer is well short of the £14.5M Newcastle will demand if Mitro is to leave this month.

That will see us at least get our money back on the striker, who has not been successful on Tyneside, with Rafa hardly playing him this season.

The 56 times capped Algerian International (27 goals) has 5 goals and 2 assists in 17 appearances this season, and that would make him top scorer at Newcastle.

Joselu and Ayoze Perez are currently our top scorers with 4 goals each.

Slimani cost Leicester £28M from Sporting Lisbon 18 months ago, and previously this month Watford were favorites to sign him because he played at Sporting for Marco Silva.

But Silva was recently sacked by the Hornets.

Slimani could add pace to the Newcastle attack – something Rafa Benitez is keen on, having just signed 21-year-old speed merchant Kenedy on loan from Chelsea.

The Algerian also has a physical presence so for£20M he could be a good buy for Newcastle – and a better buy than Nicolai Jorgensen.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.


226 comments so far

  • TacoFlavoredKisses ForMyBen-arfa

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:15 PM

    Comment #1

    The best part of all the speculation surrounding a 20M stiker was that fans confused the valuation of the striker vs what NUFC would offer. Great PR by the club to say they are interested in a 20M striker knowing full well they wouldnt pay more than 60% of that fee.

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  • Charlie in the Gallowgate

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #2

    Are any of these centre forwards we are suppose to be after any better than Mitrovich ???????

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  • toonluvva

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #3

    I still think that Mr Ashley has very tight financial handcuffs on us.
    He probably wouldn’t have sanctioned £20M for Sanchez!
    Once again we’ll be browsing in the bargain basement for players.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:20 PM

    Comment #4

    I’d sign both. Get both in on pay half now and half in the summer of buy one for 20 million but loan the other with a view to buying in the summer. Either way we need 2 striking options. It only takes 1 injury to set us back to zero otherwise.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:24 PM

    Comment #5

    Charlie

    Yes they are better than Mitrovic. Slimani, Schurrle and Batshuayi are. Not sold on the Dane though. Dutch League is not the same as it used to be

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  • toon kk

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:29 PM

    Comment #6

    I think we just couldn’t get him over the line is heading our way.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:30 PM

    Comment #7

    Shire – I think the as hrs of some those might kill the deals too. However if Ashley had half a brain he’s allow bods split over a number of payments. He could put the payment of that on to the next owner
    That way we get what we need now.

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  • OneAlanShearer

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:31 PM

    Comment #8

    Meant wages of some

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  • toon kk

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:35 PM

    Comment #9

    Jordensen must be top of Rafa’s wish list though, he obviously highly rates him.

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  • ShirebrookToon

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:36 PM

    Comment #10

    OAS

    I’ve thought that too with regards to finding the funds. Or potential new owners provide the funds for these players. rather than relying on the fat man to buy and then be refunded by them. But can’t see him doing any of those because he’s a fat greedy barsteward!

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  • A Pain in the Blog

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:38 PM

    Comment #11

    To very badly misquote Mr. Zimmerman Jnr. (and apologies to Jib), “There are many here among us who feel that Joselu is but a joke…”

    Lots of posters have a go at Joselu, and rightly so. He just isn’t very good. But they would do well to cast their minds back to another Toon striker, Stephane Guivarc’h, he of the misplaced apostrophe, who had to be even worse.

    In a way they were similar. Both could hold the ball up with the intention (not always successful) of playing in the better players around them and yet neither of them could kick a ball in a straight line or score more than the odd fluky goal.

    However, in the 1998 World Cup, the France manager Aimé Jacquet played Guivarc’h as the lone striker whose function was to provide a focal point and hold the ball up for the creative players behind him, including Youri Djorkaeff and, of course, Zinadine Zidane. And that team with those tactics won the world cup.

    Similarly, six years earlier at Euro 92, Denmark’s two strikers, Kim Vilfort and Flemming Povlsen, scored only one goal between them throughout the whole of the finals, which, of course, was won by Denmark. Their job, rather than scoring goals, was to challenge for long balls, retain possession if they won it, and lay it off for Henrik Larsen and Brian Laudrup, the two creative attacking midfielders.

    So a number 9 can be effective – even at the highest level – without offering much of a goal threat.

    Now we don’t currently have very creative players to play behind Joselu but then again we’re not playing against the world’s top international teams. I know that Joselu had a stinker against Citeh but he is generally OK at chasing and retrieving balls, harassing defenders and holding up play. Maybe we should accept that Joselu is doing HIS job in accordance with Rafa’s instructions and that it is those around him who are not cutting the mustard.

    Believe me, I am not a Joselu apologist. All said and done, it would be brill if we were able to buy or loan a striker who could score regularly – a Schurrle or Slimani or Batshuayi or Willian Jose – and never see Joselu in a black and white shirt again. But, in his defence, he is not Stephane Guivarc’h.

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  • Online Guy

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:43 PM

    Comment #12

    20 miilion quid on a player ..Ashley is just not going to do it

    That’s 5 million Balliclavas.

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  • Toondog2

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:44 PM

    Comment #13

    Very underwhelming.

    £20m is taking the proverbial,

    Strikes me the European clubs want to get some of the EPL cash swilling around so inflate their asking prices for ordinary players . I haven’t heard of Jorgensen £20m ! your having a giraffe

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  • Toondog2

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:47 PM

    Comment #14

    Jorgensen or Slimani for the same £20 m

    No contest really

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  • Jib

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:48 PM

    Comment #15
  • Toondog2

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:51 PM

    Comment #16

    Batshuyai wouldnt be bad I suppose although it would increasingly look as if we were Chelsea’s reserve team

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  • Toondog2

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #17

    Overall I think Slimani is the best bet

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  • Jib

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:54 PM

    Comment #18
  • Thunder and lightning

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #19

    Enough is enuff for me Ashley oot

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  • Toondog2

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:56 PM

    Comment #20

    Quiet on the blog today !

    All at work ?

    How long to go to Burnley Essex ?

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  • Toondog2

    Jan 24, 2018 at 4:59 PM

    Comment #21

    Howay ,Shire and Hibbit give me something to relieve the boredom of waiting to hear the creaking of our Owners wallet opening .

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  • A Pain in the Blog

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Yes, Jimi’s was the definitive version. Thanks for that.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:03 PM

    Comment #23

    A pain in the blog

    Interesting stats, laudrup and Larson were immense as was the French midfield which won the 98 world cup. The other thing to consider is them tournaments are very short and not loads of games unlike a league season.

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  • Dragon64

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:04 PM

    Comment #24

    never trust fat ash talks a load of shite. if he doesn’t deliver we are in trouble and Rafa will go simple

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:06 PM

    Comment #25

    Jib

    We’ve tried to replace dummett with both Lazaar and with gamez. Both have failed for different reasons. Shelvey is apparently not required or rumours that we want rid of him. Leaves Jamal and dummett as the non rafa signings left.

    As for the PL being the best league in the world, not sure how you’ve come up with that conclusion. We have the most competitive league in the world but the 2 best players in the world don’t play in this league. Another good barometer is CL, it’s been awhile since England’s best clubs have made it into a major final in this competition.

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  • Tinman

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:08 PM

    Comment #26

    Lot of pressure on Rafa to get this signing right after freezing out Mitro

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #27

    If I was the owner and rafa came to me with Jorgensen as his top priority signing I wouldn’t entertain it. We’d be pissing money up the wall

    Slimani on the other hand is by far the best option.

    Shirebrook – we’ve got kenedy on loan, we can’t get batshuayi now as that’ll be 2 players from the same club

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  • Toondog2

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:09 PM

    Comment #28

    Our Toon

    You could well be right I think it is fair to say that the EPL is the best paid league overall

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  • Jib

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:10 PM

    Comment #29

    Our Toon
    As the man with the wooden leg said
    “It’s all a matter of a pinion ”
    😀

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  • Tinman

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #30

    Our Toon,

    Our clubs have a disadvantage in Champions League as other leagues are wrapped up by Feb. Bayern, Barca and PSG all walking away with leagues and will be able to rest players for big games.

    Mind you City are doing that this year. I bet they go close

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  • Funki Tsunki

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:13 PM

    Comment #31

    jib.. stop your jibba jabba fool and eat some snickers

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  • Cardiff NUFC

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #32

    The dutch league is absolutely dreadful. This being said, just because he plays in a shit league does not make him a poor player. Granted, Luuk De Jong was less likely to finsih than a unic when he played for us but there has been some quality too such as Eriksen and Sanchez at Spurs. I don’t watch dutch league football very often so I don’t know a lot about the lad but he has a decent record. If we sign him (unlikely due to the greedy fat bastard) I will most certainly be welcoming him with open arms and giving him a fair chance; he has to be better than Josepoo!

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  • Funki Tsunki

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:15 PM

    Comment #33

    Our Toon, bayern found out that if they wrap up league early players dont try too hard in lge games to save themselves for ch lge thus not able to get up to scratch in ch lge and failing this was when pep was bayern mgr. ITs actually better to be competitive in lge throughout season that way players can keep up intensity throughout and not rest on laurel.

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  • Funki Tsunki

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #34

    Before signing joselu it looked like finally someone who had a good shot on him who can shoot outside box but for us he seems to lose all strength in his legs he cant even pass 5 yards the ball doesn’t move an inch for him.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:26 PM

    Comment #35

    Bayern are the only ones that have the league wrapped up early. Spanish league has been contested by 3 teams recently and hasn’t been wrapped up by Feb.

    We had no issues dominating the CL when Liverpool, Chelsea and man Utd won it, arsenal got to the final as well and was all in a short space of time.

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  • Jib

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #36

    Looks like Mr Graves is getting ticked off
    with our internet supporters.
    I know what he means

    https://twitter.com/PeteGravesSky/status/956167651407089664

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  • c-dog

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:28 PM

    Comment #37

    Mbembas concentration levels are poor. Too often does he switch off lose his man or lose his positional awareness. That much cannot be debated. Is he the best defender we have with the ball at his feet, yes. Are we a team who plays expansive football from the back, no. In a Rafa team, it’s Clark all day long.

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  • Our Toon

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:32 PM

    Comment #38

    Barca are running away with it in the Spanish league this season, in the last 3 or 4 years it’s gone down to the final of the season. One of the years it was between 3 teams. That’s the year both Madrids played the final.

    We have a very good league and the most lucrative league in the world, it’s exciting as it’s tight and we are essentially in 3 groups in the league. Quality wise though arguably the Spanish league is better as they’ve performed better in both EL and CL. It is all about opinions though

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  • Thunder and lightning

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:33 PM

    Comment #39

    What about boros top scorer from eredivise couldn’t hit a ba
    rn door

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  • JohnJ

    Jan 24, 2018 at 5:40 PM

    Comment #40

    Not sure about Slimani – The Leicester fans don’t seem to rate him.

    Jorgensen a good goals per game ratio but is untested in the Premier League

    Perhaps Davie Selke or Schurrle would be a better bet than Slimani?

    One thing I’ve been saying all along is we desperately need someone who can put the ball in the net. I think we’ve lost seven games 1 – 0 …….. seven more points from those games would’ve drastically improved our position!

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