Legendary Striker Tips Slimani To Do Well On Tyneside – He’s Strong, Quick And Good In The Air

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?

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12 comments so far

  • Mag :P

    Feb 1, 2018 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #1

    Let’s hope so!

    He’s gotta be better then Joselu right? Considering he is £29 million of striking talent… Right?

  • Average_Contents

    Feb 1, 2018 at 2:24 PM

    Comment #2

    Tinman. I think rob wants yer willy.

  • ShirebrookToon

    Feb 1, 2018 at 2:29 PM

    Comment #3

    Need a win Sunday

  • catchy in norway

    Feb 1, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #4

    RAFA must be one very sad individual, giving that people who believe in dont accept mediocrity are miserable people.

    If some of you want to accept that Rafa is getting the best out of this squad, thats your opinion, you make all the excuses you want for him.

    Me i would like to think that someone of his talent should be getting a lot more of the SQUAD he has.

    as far as i could see or read, MITRO did not kill anyone, he wasnt cought drinking and fighting, he didnt bring shame on the club in any way, so he should have been our first choice striker.

    It seem that the majority of you are in love with the name Benitez and give him a free pass because of past achievements, but soon that has to stop and people will have to swallow a lot of humble pie, but by that time we will be relegated.

    its going to be very interesting in the coming weeks reading how you all try and explain why are 3 new signings are not working, i mean how does the man fit 4 wingers into his starting line up as this is where a huge part of his overall budget has been spent.

    SBR bought Laurent Robert, he played him 99% on the left wing
    KK bought Ginola as a left winger, and played him as a left winger

  • willowdalerez

    Feb 1, 2018 at 2:44 PM

    Comment #5

    Re Burnley

    A lot of commenting on how Burnley were awful. Well they were, but remember Defour, Tarkowski and Wood are all out injured. They were not the same Burnley that looked the best of the rest early in the season. We will have to do better if we want to pull away to safety.

  • beefman13

    Feb 1, 2018 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #6

    It’s all the huge chopping and changing that Benitez does regarding team selection, young Murphy is coming on great but he can’t get no fluency when he’s in out all the time, mmm Joselu quite honestly like everyone else knows apart from Benitez is pony, yea stubborn as a mule is Benitez! Shelvey should have played last night simple as, im sure he just tries to keep everyone happy, well im not for starters.

  • Moonraker15

    Feb 1, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #7

    Omg Catchy who gives you this information? How do you know what Mitrovic is like? If it wasn’t for Rafa we’d be in the bottom half of the championship at best! We don’t all agree with his selections but he is the manager judged ultimately on results and at the moment we are 14th in the premier league, with what is a championship squad. No English prem team came in for Mitro! Does that tell you anything?

  • Rob1971

    Feb 1, 2018 at 3:07 PM

    Comment #8

    So Catchy you have written of the 3 new signings already then? 2 have not even played for us and the other was named man of the match last night, what an amazing nufc fan you are, you have just confirmed you want us to fail so you can gloat and say I was right Rafa should have been sacked!

  • Rob1971

    Feb 1, 2018 at 3:11 PM

    Comment #9

    I agree Joselu is awful and needs dropping but I am not going to start shouting for Rafa’s head because of it, Catchy is blinded by his hatred of the man that he can’t see that if he goes we are screwed as we won’t get better than him while Ashley is here, if he believes the likes of De Beor is better than Rafa then I despair, he got sacked from palace without winning a game, Hodgson has done a far better job with the same team

  • Rob1971

    Feb 1, 2018 at 3:17 PM

    Comment #10

    Also Catchy if you think Ashley will splash the cash to bring in a top young manager after Rafa then you are deluded, we have just made 3 loan signings this window, we haven’t bought any players, we scrimped the last transfer window so do you think he will pay top money for another manager? He wants rafa to sign another contract as he knows any take over will only happen with him as manager

  • Slank

    Feb 1, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #11

    Time to reflect. I blame Rafa for losing two valuable points.

    Joselu should never be selected.

    I hoped before the match that Rafa would start with Murphy and Kenedy on the wings with Atsu and Perez alternating between positions 9 & 10. And Diame and Shelvey in midfield with Shelvey pinging the balls forward.

    But no. Rafa played that donkey Joselu. He has no pace, no trickery, no physical presence and no natural goal scoring instincts.

    He played Atsu on the right which isn’t his most effective position, and it showed. Previously Atsu and Perez linked up well together and both have pace and trickery to cause defenders problems.

    He played Merino who reminds me of Scot Parker and his endless pirouetting in midfield and getting caught out more often than not in possession. He rarely looks up, unlike Shelvey whose first instinct is to play the ball forward.. .

    I thought Kenedy had a very good debut.

    Diame was my MOTM. He has been consistently good in previous games. He used his physic to good effect to bully their midfield. He went on runs with the ball. He sprayed the ball around, okay some a bit way wood. He showed energy and commitment.

    Lascelles, what would we do without him. A real captain and leader.

  • Rob1971

    Feb 1, 2018 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #12

    Beefman of course Rafa makes mistakes every manager even the best does, look at ferguson some of his signings were awful, obertan, anderson, djemba djemba, but the reaction to some on here wanting Rafa sacked is a joke, rafa is our best bet for any takeover to happen, if he is still our manager in the summer that is our best hope for Ashley to leave.


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