Time may be starting to run out for Islam Slimani at Newcastle.
And while Rafa may want to bring both Martin Dubravka and Kenedy to Newcastle permanently this summer, there’s still a big question mark over Slimani’s head.
Slimani works hard but last night wasn’t the type of game where he had many chances to shine up front.
Rafa believes it may take time for Slimani to fully integrate into the team, but there are only four games left in the season, which finishes two weeks next Sunday at home to Chelsea.
Islam Slimani – in action last night
This is what Rafa said about the 29-year-old Algerian after the game:
“Islam worked hard,”
“The understanding between him and the rest of the team will take some time.”
“In terms of effort, I was happy with him. “I say it again, we had chances.”
“The final pass and in the final third … we didn’t take our chances.”
“That is the difference when you have Walcott or Wayne Rooney on these wages, they can make the difference. “
“We battled and we fought until the end. We had the chance to draw, maybe even win but we lost against a good team.”
Here’s where we are in the table after last night’s game.
By the way, 3,000 dedicated fans made the trip to Liverpool last night – well done to every single one of them.
At this point, we would be delighted to finish in 10th place, and that would be an excellent finish for the season.
And it’s all thanks to Rafa.