Islam Slimani Can Get The Job Done For Newcastle

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.

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9 comments so far

  • Thump

    Feb 1, 2018 at 8:04 AM

    Comment #1

    Don’t get me wrong, Kenedy put in a great shift, but better than Diame? He was absolutely unplayable last night.

    Wish that bicycle kick went in though…

  • c-dog

    Feb 1, 2018 at 8:08 AM

    Comment #2

    Big Mo gets a lot of stick but he has been our most consistent performer for the past two months. Which puts him up there for player of the season so far. First Choice CM at the moment.

  • Tsunki

    Feb 1, 2018 at 8:14 AM

    Comment #3

    First Capn Catchy blamed it on tactics, now on player selection – until you know for definite why mitrovic was kept away from the first team and loaned you can’t blame the manager. If he was our saviour and available there’s no way Benitez would knack our chances and his reputation on a whim. He’s left with choices he’s been given. Yes Joselu should have put those away but a player like Kane or Aguero puts away three out of ten chances & he’s a genius, We get little chance up front as our service is still dire, there were unbelievable moments of waste from Atsu, Perez, Dummett, Yedlin… If you’ve got a so-so forward you could at least work the ball in there.but hey ho it’s gone now, we didn’t lose and before now this was thought to be a no-win game as Burnley were flying.

  • one fine day

    Feb 1, 2018 at 8:16 AM

    Comment #4

    Nice to see a pic of a new signing without shite direct plastered everywhere …some will be getting in for a bollaking this morning

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 1, 2018 at 8:19 AM

    Comment #5

    Big Mo’s on fire,
    Your whole team is terrified!

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 1, 2018 at 8:22 AM

    Comment #6


    why do you change what i say to suit your argument?

    there is no first, it’s all of the above, his very negative tactics along with poor team and very often confusing team selections along with very late and also confusing subs.

    add to the fact that is seems Rafa has very poor judgment when buying players, all of us can buy ronaldo messi kane type players for silly money, but good managers do t always need lots of money, in fact i’d take Carr’s players over rafas every day of the week

  • LetuscloneShearer

    Feb 1, 2018 at 8:54 AM

    Comment #7

    Nice to see Rafa getting the best out of Diame. He started out very poorly, but has pulled his sleeves up and is going to be a important asset to our relegation fight.

  • JohnJ

    Feb 1, 2018 at 9:20 AM

    Comment #8

    Re Comment No 6 ie Carr’s v Rafa’s.players!

    I don’t know all the facts re the costs of all the players signed since Mr Michael Ashley became the owner of our club but……..

    I’d hazard a big bet that Ashley backed Carr with a hell of a lot more cash than he’s backed Rafa.

    I’d say it’s very difficult to buy new players when you’ve been given pea nuts to spend. After our last relegation the club sold players for big bucks but how much of that has Rafa seen eh? Not a lot in fact very little! I’d say almost bugga all – Do you really think Rafa would have brought some of the players in that have been signed if he’d been given a resonable amount to spend? They say if you pay pea nuts you end up with monkeys. Sorry Catchy you are a million miles off beam bonny lad!

  • JohnJ

    Feb 1, 2018 at 9:23 AM

    Comment #9

    Just to add – I’d say Rafa has done a brilliant job in very difficult circumstances – You’ve probably gathered by now that I’m a big RAFA fan! Haway the Lads!!!


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