Since Islam Slimani signed for us on loan on January 31st, he has played only 15 minutes for Newcastle.
But now he is 100% fit he will be available in all of Newcastle’s final six games of the season.
The way he plays in those game will determine if Rafa wants to sign him permanently in the summer for a fee said to be around £20M.
It will be interesting to see if he will make a start against Arsenal on Sunday afternoon, where a win in that game will signal safety from relegation for Newcastle.
Islam Slimani – 6 games for the striker to make a big difference
Something we can all celebrate.
This is what manager Rafa Benitez told the Chronicle today about the status of Islam and about how he couldn’t play at Lassiter:
“The timing was bad because he was getting better and getting fitter.”
“He could have easily played at Leicester but had to wait.” “We can’t change that but he has been training well.”
“Hopefully, he will go on to prove a good addition for us this season still.” “Islam still has six games left.”
“We’ve spoken about Kenedy and Martin Dubravka as good additions in January, so hopefully Islam can also give us something different.”
“He’s already improved the attack in terms of competition.” “It’s also quite positive.”
Slimani joined Leicester for £28M on a five-year contract in August 2016 and struggled to make an impact at the Foxes.
But it’s surprising what a change of surroundings and club can make to a player.
But the proof of the pudding is in the eating so we will have to see how Slimani performs in a Newcastle shirt.
We hope he does well and some goals would help both Newcastle and the 29-year-old Algerian striker.