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Former Newcastle Players Find Loan Moves In Hopes Of First-Team Football

A couple of former Newcastle players have moved on loan in pursuit of first-team football. Fraser Forster has moved back to Celtic on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

Forster joined Celtic permanently from Newcastle in 2012 after spending two years on loan there. He came through the Newcastle Academy and was born in Hexham. He, however, never made a first-team appearance for Newcastle. Forster came through the ranks at the same as Tim Krul, which limited his opportunities.

The thirty-one-year-old has not played much football since losing his place to Alex McCarthy in 2017. With the emergence of Angus Gunn, he has found himself as third-choice at St Marys.

This is an excellent opportunity for Fraser to get his career back on track at Celtic. He will battle it out with Scott Bain for first-team football. Former Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon is also at the club. Forster has made 197 appearances for Celtic in his career.

Islam Slimani has joined AS Monaco on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy.

Slimani joined Newcastle on loan during the winter transfer window in 2018. However, a thigh strain limited him to just 4 appearances.

He has had trouble getting first-team football at Leicester City since joining them for around £25m three years ago. Slimani has only made 46 total appearances for Leicester with 13 goals and 7 assists. He spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce.

15 comments so far

  • IrishRob

    Aug 22, 2019 at 9:46 PM

    Comment #1

    Lovely jubbily!!

  • Toon Tang

    Aug 22, 2019 at 9:49 PM

    Comment #2

    Marhoosive lols @ slimani

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 22, 2019 at 9:56 PM

    Comment #3

    When I look at our forwards I think our hopes are pinned on Carroll being fit to lead our line consistently or Joelinton adapting sufficiently well to a new league and adjusting sufficiently well to a new role at number 9, as well as Almiron and St-Max fulfilling their large promise, but there isn’t a single banker among them.

    On paper, a front three out of Almiron, St-Max, Carroll and Joelinton looks pretty good, with Carroll leading the line and two of the other three either side and just behind, and Muto, Atsu and Gayle as cover.

    In reality though, it’s very likely gonna be a problem though getting three out of those front four on the pitch and firing. Might prove a problem getting one of them doing it.

    The cover is adequate, but only as cover.

    There is a lot of work to be done to get our attack working efficiently. I’d be very much putting the focus on our forwards right now, in particular, their attacking and defensive shape, and making sure they understand their individual roles with possession and without it.

    Defense and midfield is reasonably solid, if he just lets them do what they were drilled to do so well last year post Christmas under Rafa. Play 343, and let the defense and mid get on with how we set up and played last term, and for the moment focus on bedding in the attack.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 22, 2019 at 10:07 PM

    Comment #4

    But I think that is one of the issues. Bruce is trying to build on what Rafa had defensively, and tweak/change how our forwards work on and off the ball, in and out of possession.

    Problem is, that you can’t just isolate the forwards and expect the rest of the team to play as they were. The entire setup was built around a well drilled unit of 11 working together and knowing their roles within the 11.

    You can’t turn round and say 8 of you stick to exactly the same, I’m just going to change how the front 3 work. It has a knock on effect.

    Bruce has to scrap Rafa’s entire set up. Yes, incorporate aspects, but only if they actually fit a style/set up that he understands, can put across to players and can implement effectively.

    I’m not saying Bruce scrapping Rafa’s setup will make us better than last year, but it will make us look a team, rather than a confusion.

    Half maintaining Rafa’s building blocks also makes him look weak if that isn’t a style he understands and can work with. He needs to grab this by the scruff of the neck if he is to stand any chance of making a half decent fist of this.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 22, 2019 at 10:09 PM

    Comment #5

    Understands is probably the wrong word, but he needs to work on a setup he can coach and can explain/instruct players within. I’m not convinced he can do that by trying to mimick Rafa, and I think the changes to the squad make it far more difficult.

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2019 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #6

    Boycott sports direct football club

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 22, 2019 at 10:19 PM

    Comment #7

    Phew, pleased you commented. I thought football talk had killed this football club blog….

  • Jib

    Aug 22, 2019 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #8

    Mike ashley has sucked the life out of our club and let rafa go, rafa was the best thing we ever had, even better than KK and he forced him out the door, i wont be going back til bruce and ashley are gone

  • #BoycottAshley ( OP)

    Aug 22, 2019 at 10:20 PM

    Comment #9


    Cant argue with your assessment.

    Same reasons I wasn’t too impressed with the window and think it’s a massive gamble.

    If we had kept Rondon Perez and Diame and added Joe and Max I’d feel much more confident.

    The points you’ve made are what fill me with dread, did Joe fain injury on Saturday? Is he already losing confidence? Are we going to have to rely on Carrol?

    We need all our ducks in a row to stand any chance of staying up.

    I agree with what you say about Bruce, Rafas formation wouldn’t work now, Bruce’s doesn’t so he needs to go big or go home, err, you know what I mean.

    Live by the sword….

  • Nicky the ball tosser

    Aug 22, 2019 at 10:28 PM

    Comment #10

    Lil, I think he should drill the new forwards to play the way Perez, Rondon and Almiron did last term after the January window. The system really suited the group. I don’t think this 352 he’s been playing is great, we don’t seem to press well from the front, and the front two do look very isolated, the three in the middle of the park are struggling to work well together, and with the season now underway, I think it’s too late for him to change much without really running the risk of a very poor start that we’d struggle to recover from. He hasn’t had the time with the group to embed his own style, and what we are doing now is neither here nor there. I think he should carry on where Rafa left off, and once he’s got his feet under the table, look to stamp more of his one style on the team.

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 22, 2019 at 10:33 PM

    Comment #11

    As much as Diame got stick from many on here and elsewhere, I think he will be a huge miss for us this season. He was that experienced senior pro who would mix it up, read the game and break up attacks. Yes, on the ball he was limited, but he was an important player on the field, and I’ve been told that he was a strong character and a calming/positive influence on players like Hayden, Longstaff and a couple other u23’s.

    I don’t mind Perez having left, Perez was leaving regardless of Rafa. We should have signed Rondon, I think we should have gone for Puscas rather than Joelinton, said that during the Euro u20’s. We didn’t do enough and what we did do wasn’t what was required, or the best we could have done using the same funds.

    We spent decent cash, but not well in my eyes. I think if Bruce can find a formula that works, we have enough to stay up, but it is a big if, and he needs to find it soon.

  • Sports Direct FC

    Aug 22, 2019 at 10:35 PM

    Comment #12


    Its so frustrating never having a plan. Imagine had we bought Rondon last year. We would have had a whopping 14 mil. spend instead of the 2 mil profit. Then this year conducted the same business, selling perez and getting joelinton and ASM. So we would have Rondon, Joelinton and Carrol. Gayle could have been sold(15 mil) and instead of buying kraft (5 mil) spent 20 mil on another decent player whether a winger a LB or RB. That’s the same net spend this year but having rondon and another quality player. With just that 1 buy the squad would look so much better but its always the same with MA “what do we need to stay up?” .

  • Lilongwe Geordie

    Aug 22, 2019 at 10:37 PM

    Comment #13

    I don’t think the front 3 are the right type of players to play like Rondon, Perez and Almiron did.

    We will have a poor start no matter what, but we need to put the building blocks in place for the remainder. If we are to play the same way, Muto is a better bet than Saint Maximin, and Joe has a lot to do to replicate Rondon. He can probably do the holding up and playing people in part. Getting in the spaces, amd making the right runs to get the chances aren’t his game though.

  • Sports Direct FC

    Aug 22, 2019 at 10:39 PM

    Comment #14


    I get the feeling that Bruce is trying to fit the squad into a system instead of finding a system that fits the squad. But that’s what happens when you are stuck with what the owner buys you.

  • lochinvar

    Aug 30, 2019 at 9:22 PM

    Comment #15

    Loans and wages, it’s all a matter of perspective.
    Man B are loaning Sanchez to Inter Milan and continuing to pay £300,000 of his £400,000 a week wages.

    Now that’s how the Mafia strike a deal.
    Ashley just pays for pizza.


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