There were some other clubs in for Islam Slimani once it was clear that Leicester City would loan their striker out for the rest of the season.
And Newcastle won the battle for the Algerian striker, and it seems two of our most significant advantages as a club – our fans and manager Rafa Benitez were the main reasons Islam wanted to come to Tyneside.
Slimani is the man who can hopefully put the ball into the back of the net when he gets a chance.
That inability at Newcastle this season has cost us lots of points and it cost us 2 points against Burnley on Wednesday night in the 1-1 draw, and we even missed a penalty in the first half.
Islam Slimani – explains why he chose Newcastle
This is what the 29-year-old striker has said about why he decided to join Newcastle over other clubs:
“It’s true there were a lot of clubs that were interested in me.”
“But 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 to know that this was the right place.”
“Rafa Benitez is a big coach with a big reputation, so him calling and him being here had a big effect on my choice.”
It was a decent transfer window in the end, given the terrible situation we were in on Tuesday night.
We could have done with one or two more players in and to have signed some permanently.
That’s so Rafa doesn’t have to go looking for all his new players this summer.
But that’s Mike Ashley for you.
Mike Ashley will sell the club as soon as Newcastle are safe from relegation.
That’s the hope!