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?