Thierry Henry was on Sky Sports last night as the transfer window was winding down and the former Arsenal great Thierry Henry said he is a big fan of Islam Slimani and that he has followed his career for a long time.
Rafa Benitez wanted to sign him in the summer of 2016 when he was still at Sporting Lisbon but that all ended when we were relegated.
But Slimani was one of our top choices for this window because he is good in the air, powerful and very quick too – so it was great we were somehow able to get him on loan.
That was after Leicester said they would only sell him to another Premier League club for £20M.
Islam Slimani – can score lots of goals at Newcastle (hope so)
When he was at Sporting Lisbon, he scored 57 goals and had 15 assists in 111 appearances for Sporting during the three full seasons he was there.
He signed on for Leicester in August of 2016 for around £29M.
This is what Henry has said about Newcastle’s new striker:
“I’ve followed him for a very long time. He works hard, he’s good in the air, he’s strong, he’s quick.”
“It’s a good move for him and for Newcastle. It’s a no-brainer for me,”
One good question is why Slimani has failed at Leicester City, but we expect Rafa Benitez to get the best out of him on Tyneside and he will become our number one striker.
Newcastle are creating a lot of chances these days (like last night against Burnley for example), and we hope the Algerian is the man who can take these easy chances and put the ball in the back of the net.
If he can do that he will score a lot of goals at Newcastle.
But then if he does do well we doubt Leicester will sell him to us – and the same with young Kenedy, who on last night’s showing looks like an excellent player in the making.
First things first – Rafa must get Slimani fit and playing well – maybe he can make his debut at home to Manchester United on Sunday, February 11th?