Benitez Impressed With What He’s Seen From Slimani In Training

It’s good news that Islam Slimani is now in full training with the Newcastle first team after he played 25 minutes for Algeria against Iran on Tuesday night.

It seems that he’s listened closely to Rafa Benitez while he’s been out injured and he’s giving everything in training with Rafa watching closely.

Seems that Rafa is pleased with what he has seen from the Algerian so far with Islam working hard and always wanting the ball.

And we could see Slimani make his debut this afternoon against the Terriers – but it would be a surprise if he starts the game.

Islam Slimani – working hard in training

Here’s what Rafa has said about Slimani as reported in the Chronicle today:

“Islam is very competitive and very keen to impress.”

“He really wants to impress and he’s been working very hard in the training sessions.”

“He is always asking for the ball and trying to run and make things happen.”

“He has been involved in all of the games in training.”

“It’s a different option to what we have but that has to be a positive in the end.”

“In terms of injuries I was happy to see Ritchie passing his test.”

“We lost Joselu but at the same time Slimani is now fit.”

“He had a problem which the medical staff and his national team were trying to control it and he’s proved to be OK.”

“He played 30 minutes and he showed his hunger and desire.”

“So it’s a very good option for us and more competition for the strikers.”

It would be great if Slimani gets playing time and looks good as we get all 3 points this afternoon.

Anything else than a win today against Huddersfield Town will be a big disappointment.

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5 comments so far

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 31, 2018 at 9:25 AM

    Comment #1

    Jail’s too good for Ashley!

  • AncientC

    Mar 31, 2018 at 9:33 AM

    Comment #2

    The Wales and Scotland National sides have pretty much been taking the proverbial out of Dummett and Ritchie these past few years. I have to say, I have enjoyed Dummett putting club first, and Ritchie have a ‘strain’ prior to a Scotland friendly that came before an important Newcastle game.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 31, 2018 at 9:38 AM

    Comment #3

    We need another early goal otherwise we’ll struggle to play our counter attacking game. But even if they sit back we have one good attacking player now in Kenedy who can open teams up. 2-1 Perez & Ritchie to score. With our goal difference 35 points to stay up this year.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Mar 31, 2018 at 9:42 AM

    Comment #4

    West Ham vs Southampton is going to be one tense match. Southampton should capitalise on a nervy crowd. I’m going to say Southampton will have more fight and edge it 1-2.

  • Geordie-john

    Mar 31, 2018 at 10:17 AM

    Comment #5

    Good Luck to the lads this afternoon. It would be nice for Slim Shady to have a chance and score at least a brace on his debut. Now that would put the cat amongst the Pidgeon’s. We need a win !


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