Rafa has been talking to the Chronicle and he has said that while he’s happy to get Islam Slimani through the door, his first choice striker in last month’s transfer window was Nicolai Jorgensen of Feyenoord.
So don’t be surprised if Rafa tries to being the Danish striker in this summer when Newcastle should have a lot more money to spend in the transfer window whoever the owner is.
Maybe we can also sign Slimani this summer if he does well for us?
Islam Slimani – Rafa pleased to get him
This is what Rafa has said today about last month’s transfer window:
“Obviously we were looking for options, different options, different characteristics of players.”
“And then players, if it was possible, with experience in the Premier League or players who are fit and scoring goals.”
“That was the striker of Feyenoord.”
“But then if you cannot do that, you have to go for players who know the league and who can do well from day one.”
“In this case, Islam came with a little bit of a problem in his thigh, but he has been training.”
“And I was with him on the pitch, so he is on the pitch training – but still we will see how he is and how he feels.”
“No, Slimani’s not a risk – he’s a player that they paid, I think, £30M for him,”
“I watched him in Portugal and he did well, but he’s a player that if you have Jamie Vardy up front and the way he is playing, it’s very difficult to play ahead of him.”
“But he is a player who knows the league, he’s strong, he can run behind defenders, different things that we don’t have.”
“We have players, one can run, one can win in the air, one can be strong, but Slimani maybe can do a little bit of everything. That’s another option for me.”
“We knew about him but, when Leicester paid £30M for him, we started thinking about other things – but then when we heard he was available on loan, he became an option.”
“He’s a good signing. Clubs were pushing until the last minute so we had to do it quickly and we had to do it well, it was not easy.”
“The main thing is we have finished the transfer window and everyone knows where we are, so it’s not people thinking: ‘Maybe I’ll be there…’.”
“That’s it. You are here, you have to perform, you have to train well and when they see new players around, it increases the competition.”
“The three ‘keepers trained really well and you will see the strikers, they have to perform.”
“Kenedy playing well the other day is pushing the wingers and the other players around, so it’s always positive.”
Rafa is happy with Slimani but it looks like he may go after Nicolai Jorgensen again this summer if that’s the player he really wants.
Sign up both of them!