Claude Puel – Newcastle Safe In Premier League – Slimani Future Unclear

Claude Puel has given his press conference today for the game against Newcastle at the King Power Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

The former Southampton manager has come in this season and done an excellent job for the Foxes since replacing the fired Craig Shakespeare in October.

We have Islam Slimani on loan from Leicester, but there doesn’t seem to be an option to buy him in his loan contract as there is with Martin Dubravka.

It really depends how he plays in the final six games of the season whether Rafa will make a move for him.

Claude Puel – has done an excellent job at Leicester

The French manager addressed the Slimani status during his press conference today:

“He is a Leicester player, like all of those on loan,” Puel responded when asked about Slimani’s future.”

“We will have discussions about the situation of other players at the end of the season.”

Newcastle’s two wins on the trot and three home wins in a row has made our fight against relegation look like it’s winnable since we now have 35 points from our 31 games.

Puel thinks Newcastle are now safe in the league as he continued:

“I think they are clear now. They are safe in the Premier League and that’s fantastic for Newcastle. They can play with freedom against us.” 

“I think he made a great job all of the season. It’s always difficult for a team to go down to the Championship and come back up on season after.”

That’s a compliment for the job Rafa has done Newcastle over the last two years.

This game will be a challenge for us to make up for our 3-2 defeat by the Foxes at home last year when a late own goal by Perez gave Foxes the win.

Leicester are a good team and well organized under Puel and it will be a tough game for us.

But we have to think we can win this game if we play like we have been playing recently.

If we can get 3 points it would be a colossal win and that would probably make us safe – even though we’d only be on 38 points (but please don’t tell Rafa I said that).

It would also be three wins on the trot so there’s everything to play for on Saturday.

Almost 8 fans in 10 think we can take something out of this game on Saturday.

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3 comments so far

  • Phil K

    Apr 5, 2018 at 3:29 PM

    Comment #1

    Tough. Vardy is always a threat, Mahrez is up and down. Sometimes a match winner other times still sulking. Good players elsewhere. I have gone for a draw, and thet’d be a decent result. But I presume Slimani won’t be playing (again) and I refuse to join those having a go at Dwight. The lad keeps getting in positions. I confidently predict he’ll get a few more goals by end of season, in which he’s still scored a few not as many as he would have liked. Same with Ritchie. I take Gayle to score in a 1-1 draw

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 5, 2018 at 3:48 PM

    Comment #2

    I felt Leicester where quite fortunate with the win in the reverse fixture. We were more than good enough for a point. I still feel stylistically, leicester are just a bad match up for us. Hopefully Diame is fit. Don’t think we had dummett or lascelles either. We can win but it also has the potential to go badly for us. Difficult game to predict.

  • posada

    Apr 5, 2018 at 3:55 PM

    Comment #3

    I read a lot on here that Graeme Carr scouted this one and that one.
    Hazard PEA etc.
    No he did’nt. He did’nt have to. They were international footballers playing in a top league. The whole of football knew about them.
    It was simply a case of how much do you want to spend.
    Even if we had offerred 30-40 million they would not come to us when they knew Chelsea etc were interested. Especially not with Parsnip in charge.
    It’s turning into a myth. We could have had this one that one if we had only listened to Carr. No we couldn’t.
    And whatever anybody says I have no time for him really. He signed Rivierre.


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