Rafa Benitez’ number one striker target ion January was Danish International Nicolai Jorgensen, but at £20M Mike Ashley refused to pay out the money for him and at the last minute, we brought in Islam Slimani from Leicester City.
Islam finally made his debut last Saturday against the Terriers, and for 15 minutes it looks like he can bring something new up front to Newcastle.
While Nicolai was top of Rafa’s striker list the news is that Islam was not, and was relatively low on the list.
So if Islam wants to make the deal permanent he has to show Rafa what he can do in the final six games he’s eligible to play in during the run-in to the season.
Nicolai Jorgensen – 27-year-old Danish striker
Rafa is very likely to go back for Jørgensen and hopefully when we do we can make a quick acquisition say for around £18M, which will be club record transfer.
One of the things that has frustrated Rafa, especially last summer, was the length of time it takes Newcastle to sign a player.
They go on – and on – and on – before the deal is finalized – if it ever is.
So here’s a chance in the summer to get a player in early and Ashley can prove that Newcastle can do things that Rafa wants before he will ever sign a contract extension to stay at the club.
But there may be some complications with Denmark playing in the World Cup and Jorgensen’s club maybe wanting to wait and hope the price will go up.
Rafa wants to sign two of our loan players on permanent deals – Kenedy and Dubravka – and the only problem is with Kenedy and whether Chelsea will sell.
If they do, there will likely be other big clubs in for him, but we hope he signs permanently for us this summer.
He would be a massive signing for Newcastle.