The 29-year-old Islam Slimani made it in on loan yesterday, and he’s a good signing for Newcastle if manager Rafa Benitez can get the best out of him – and that will be measured in the number of goals he can score for us.
Islam is a good player, powerful in the air and he has some class about his play – so he will be welcomed to Newcastle as he tries to help save us from relegation.
And if Newcastle can start playing well then 10th place is in sight – if only we can start winning some games – draws like last night at home (when we should really have won that game) will not be enough.
Islam Slimani – great to have him at the club
Slimani has scored 26 goals in 55 outings for Algeria, so he knows where the back of the net is.
This is what the 29-year-old Leicester striker had to say last night:
“It’s a great thing for me and for Newcastle.”
“I’m happy to be here. Hopefully, I can come here and be able to give them a hand.”
“Knowing the power of the fans and crowd here and how great they are, and also speaking to the manager, it gave me the confidence that this was the right choice.”
Newcastle manager Benítez had this to say about his new player:
“Slimani is a player with experience in the Premier League, and obviously, we were looking for that.”
“He is a player who can fight with defenders, challenge and score goals.”
“Hopefully he can give us some experience and some different characteristics to the strikers that we have at the moment.”
Slimani is injured with a slight thigh problem at the moment, but he’s likely to be fit for our home game against Manchester United on Sunday 11th February.
Maybe we can get our first win at home since October 21st in that game.
Let’s hope Slimani can get the job done for Newcastle – if he can do that he will be a hero.