Striker Can Still Play A Big Part In Newcastle’s Run-In This Season

Newcastle basically let Aleksandar Mitrovic leave for Fulham on loan when we got Islam Slimani in from Leicester City on loan.

And because it was during the closing hours of the transfer window and we needed a striker in desperately, we took Slimani even through Newcastle knew he had a slight thigh injury at that time.

But it hasn’t worked out – well not for Newcastle anyway.

Mitro has done exceptionally well in London, and the team is playing to his strengths.

He scored a brace last night in the 3-0 home win over Sheffield United and now has 5 goals in 7 appearances for the Cottagers.

They must love him in London.

On the other hand, Slimani is still injured and will not be available for our crucial game at home to Southampton on Saturday.

It doesn’t look good for Newcastle letting Mitro leave and getting an injured player in to replace him.

But that kind of thing happens when you leave things until the last moment in any transfer window.

With there being a three-week break for Newcastle after Saturday’s game, surely Islam will be fit for our next crucial match at home to Huddersfield Town on 31st March.

And Newcastle should not let the player leave on International duty in mid-March when he hasn’t played a club game for over two months.

That would be very unwise.

Assuming we can get Islam fit for the Huddersfield game, he can play in seven of our games remaining – he is not eligible to play at Leicester City.

So far the striker situation with Slimani and Mitro hasn’t worked out for Newcastle – but we are still hoping for the best.

Maybe Slimani scores the goal against Chelsea in the final game of the season that keeps Newcastle in the Premier League?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • Worcs-Geordie

    Mar 7, 2018 at 2:38 PM

    Comment #1

    Damn wished we had played to his strengths..

    Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder:

    “Mitrovic is an outstanding player and thankfully we won’t be coming up against him in the next 11 games. He’s going to the World Cup, Newcastle paid what for him? £15m? He should be playing in the Premier League.”

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Mar 7, 2018 at 2:40 PM

    Comment #2

    If he doesnt sell and doesnt spend in summer I think a boycott needs to be tried for one game or atleast 1st half for example. If he gets full house he will see no real reason to sell as he isnt losing out financially

  • tommotoon

    Mar 7, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #3

    Well if Silami plays eventually he will only score if Rafas tactics allow him to get plenty of chances it’s no good having a great cf and expecting him to score loads of goals if we are sitting back all the time.

  • Bigjim67

    Mar 7, 2018 at 2:41 PM

    Comment #4

    Slimani really needs to be firing them in for us from the off, he surely will be fired up with something to prove!

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2018 at 2:52 PM

    Comment #5

    Did we sit back against Burnley and Swansea?

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 7, 2018 at 2:58 PM

    Comment #6

    We also don’t know if Rafa wanted to keep him in reserve but was told one or the other.

  • lesh

    Mar 7, 2018 at 2:59 PM

    Comment #7


    Since Bob Moncur ceased to be a director of the club, Charley’s the only named director. So, he’ll be assisted, told what to do by Ashley through his two thugs on the ground, Barnes and Bishop. Finances are clearly prioritised and football relegated to being a necessary inconvenience for Ashley.

    We need to be rid of Ashley as soon as possible and the only bidder that’s shown any serious interest in buying our club is PCP in the form of Amanda Stavely but Ashley’s greed scuppered her bid.

    Although PCP’s last bid of £250m remains on the table, I think we need to encourage PCP to save the club from Ashley. Does Ms Stavely know of fan loathing of Ashley? Does PCP know that it could be the white knight that frees the club from Ashley’s greed? Does PCP know that it would be supported by fans throughout the world?

    Maybe it’s a good idea for fans, either individually or through fan groups such as the supporters club, True Faith, NUST, Wor Flags etc, to email and/ or write to Ms Stavely at PCP setting out our hopes that she can resume discussions to give Ashley enough to strike a deal with Ashley before the summer.

  • Jib

    Mar 7, 2018 at 3:51 PM

    Comment #8

    Chris Wilder
    Did really well bringing the Blades up
    as champions with 100 points.
    Now he’s struggling and in fear of his job
    His comment on Mitro really to cover
    his own ass after getting twatted last night
    they only had 1/3 possession and 2 shots on goal

  • Aces-of-Eights

    Mar 7, 2018 at 4:18 PM

    Comment #9

    Jib… sheff utd have had a decent season. Wilder should be safe.


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