Benitez – Slimani Is A Risk – He Must Compete At Newcastle

It seems strange that Islam Slimani hasn’t played for Newcastle in the last seven weeks yet he has flown out to join the Algerian squad, and maybe he will play in one of their two friendlies during the International break

The least that will happen is the Algerian medics will check him out with guidance from the Newcastle  United doctor – Dr. Paul Catterson.

If he is not able to play, he will be sent back to Newcastle, but that’s unlikely to happen because the injury to his thigh has always been slight, ever since he signed on loan on January 31st.

Rafa Benitez has warned that Slimani will not automatically walk into the Newcastle side when he is fit, and he has to compete for his place like everybody else.

Islam Slimani – training in southern Spain last week

This is what Rafa has said today about the Algerian as reported in the Chronicle:

“What we have to do and what we want to do is be sure that he’s fit.”

“And if he can play with the national team a little bit, that is a risk, because he’s not playing for us,”

“But if they decide to play him, it is because he will be fit. Hopefully, he won’t have any problems.”

“It is something we know we cannot control.”

“If he’s fine, it means he will have more chances to compete against the others.”

“If they are doing well, he has to be better than them. It’s not as if he will come and go straight into our team and make the difference.”

“The others are doing well, and he has to compete with them. It’s positive because we have more competition in one position.”

These comments from Rafa will come as no surprise to Slimani – he will be well aware that Rafa picks his team based on form and who is working hard and looking good in training.

He doesn’t pick players based on reputation.

Comments welcome.

6 comments so far

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 21, 2018 at 8:29 AM

    Comment #1


    The Grauniad obituary says: “She was born Caterina Irene Elena Maria Imperiali di Francavilla in Florence.”

    And: “On a day out in London, the author Beverley Nichols saw Katie trying on a hat in Bond Street and asked her to model for the illustrations of his Woman’s Own column, which was that week devoted to how a woman chooses a hat.”

  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2018 at 8:39 AM

    Comment #2

    I came across as anti BBC presenter on my previous post

    I’m far from it – they had some greats

    Richard Dimbleby (broadcast from a Lancaster on a mission over
    Raymond Baxter – Tomorrow’s World – ex Spitfire pilot
    Huw Wheldon -“All your own” a kids programme (he
    interviewed a young Jimmy Page ) plus Monitor
    Johnathan Miller
    Alistair Cooke (not the cricketer)
    and of course the superb national treasure
    Sir David Attenborough

  • Ron Knee

    Mar 21, 2018 at 8:42 AM

    Comment #3
  • Jib

    Mar 21, 2018 at 8:47 AM

    Comment #4

    Biological research ha ha ha

  • DubaiMicky

    Mar 21, 2018 at 8:50 AM

    Comment #5

    Back onto Ed’s post.

    Reading between the lines, is he saying The Real Slim Shandy isn’t as good as Gayle etc? He needs to fight for his place, sure, suggests to me he’s fit and Rafa doesn’t want him.

  • RobLeenio

    Mar 21, 2018 at 8:56 AM

    Comment #6

    Jib, also add to the list Des Lynam and Terry Wogan (RIP) – both Irish by birth, but firmly ensconced in the hearts of the British Nation.

    Both able to convey complex emotions with the mere raising of an eyebrow.


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