Newcastle New Signing Seems Made Of The Right Stuff

Every player Rafa Benitez seems to sign has an excellent attitude and seems willing to work his socks off to improve as a player.

New loan signing Islam Slimani is no different, and he has already said that he would love to stay at Newcastle long term.

He has a big opportunity to do that if he can score some goals for us in the final 11 games of the season and help us survive in the Premier League.

And it seems like Leicester would be willing to sell him for around £20M in the summer.

Playing at Newcastle and wanting to play for Rafa Benitez could give Newcastle a considerable advantage, should we want to sign him this summer.

Islam Slimani – has excellent attitude – can be successful at a club like Newcastle

We know Islam is a good player and things just didn’t work out for him at Leicester City, for whatever reason, but it could be all different on Tyneside.

We hope it will be different on Tyneside.

Islam said all the right things when he was interviewed in the Chronicle recently, and the 29-year-old says he and his family are proud he is playing for a club like Newcastle.

This is some of what Slimani said:

“I like to play regularly. That’s what my aim is and that’s what I have always wanted to do.”

“I am going to fight for my place and be able to play as much as possible. Football is my passion and I want to show what I can do.”

“The most important thing for me is to win games, that comes before me scoring personally or personal glory.

“No matter who scores the most important thing is to win. Obviously, I want to get goals as quickly as possible but points come first.”

“It is a big dream for me to play in the Premier League. For me and my family, it is a very proud moment to play for a club like Newcastle United.”

There’s new today on Algeria Federation website that Islam flew back to Algeria after Rafa gave the players the weekend off.

He has reportedly been training alone over the weekend in Sidi Moussa, which is the training complex for the national team.

Assuming the Algerian makes his debut at Bournemouth on Saturday in another crucial game for Newcastle, we will know a little better after the game how he could fare on Tyneside.

We hope he plays really well for us and it can be a win-win situation for both Islam and Newcastle.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Mindshaft

    Feb 19, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s a big dream playing for a club like Newcastle…. not sure why players feel the need to say this tripe.
    I’d have more respect if he just said he’s been promised playing time to show what he can do in prem and hopefully persuade a bigger club to come in for him.

  • Jib

    Feb 19, 2018 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #2

    I’m sure a young man like Slimani
    is not he least bit interested in
    respect from a curmudgeon like you.

  • Jail for Ashley

    Feb 19, 2018 at 3:18 PM

    Comment #3

    Ha ha, as if the fat man’s going to fork out 20M for a 29 year old. The best we’ll get is Tammy Abraham on loan if the new manager fancys him. Then again he won’t have a choice.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 19, 2018 at 3:27 PM

    Comment #4

    If the silver one is sacked it’ll be his shortest tenure ever as a manager, probably still come out of it wheeling a barrow full of dosh and be ready for the next mugs, sorry club to employ his services.

  • RobLeenio

    Feb 19, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #5

    “Made of the right stuff” – sounds like a recipe. With that in mind, Ed, I think it’s fair to say the proof of the pudding is in the eating. If Slimani shows the right attitude on the pitch and manages to score a few goals at meaningful moments of the game then he’ll be alright in my book. I’m hopeful this will turn out to be the case.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Feb 19, 2018 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #6

    Get a few games in first Islam, score us some goals then resubmit your application for a longer stay.

    As For Tammy didn’t he get a full England call up after his first few games at Swansea, hardly makes him a failure.


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