Deadline day loan signing Islam Slimani arrived on Tyneside carrying a thigh injury.

Initial optimism that the Algerian international could be involved against Crystal Palace was dashed on Sunday, Rafa Benitez not even naming him on the bench.

After the 1-1 draw, the Newcastle Manager stated that the 29 year old striker ‘was not ready’ but he could have a chance for the following Sunday against Manchester United.

Rafa adding though that Islam Slimani would have to earn his place in the team, just like ‘Dubravka and Kenedy’.

Rafa Benitez on Sunday:

“He (Islam Slimani) was not ready (to face Palace).

“He was training on Saturday, he will train tomorrow, and he will have a chance for next Sunday.

“He must compete, like Dubravka and Kenedy.”

Kenedy of course went straight into the Newcastle first team after signing, starting against both Burnley and Crystal Palace.

The Chelsea loan player really impressing and he helped to set up both goals in those games with his set-piece deliveries.

Obviously a little different in Martin Dubravka’s case, as a goalkeeper, and from another league, he was never going to be selected straight away as he will first need to work with the defence to get an understanding, before being considered for first team duties.

However, Newcastle fans will be amazed if Islam Slimani doesn’t go straight into the team once he is available. With Joselu, Perez and Gayle in such poor/average form, the Leicester loan striker must surely be first choice for Rafa.

He only has a maximum of 11 matches in which to be involved, as he can’t play against Leicester.

The good news on Wednesday lunchtime is that Sky Sports have now revealed that Islam Slimani has stepped it up and is now back in full training and will be available for Man Utd this coming weekend.

It will be a massive boost if he can have a similar impact as Kenedy has had so far, a proper goal threat has been sadly lacking and Islam Slimani has got, despite having had limited opportunities to show it at Leicester, an impressive goalscoring record.

Keith Downie who cover Newcastle United for Sky Sports:

“Islam Slimani is back in full training with his new teammates and is set to be involved against Manchester United on Sunday.”



  • Rich Lawson

    Thank you God,Kenedy and Murphy on either wing and attack their shoddy defence from the start.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      He who Dares Wins

      • glassjawsh-got-banned

        or gets pantsed 4-1…

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          sit back & the inevitable will happen
          are we playing to stay in the Premiership on goal difference,

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Compete with who,
    wouldn`t surprise at all if he`s on the bench with the Hoss starting in
    a line up of 4-5-1

  • Paul Patterson

    I wouldn’t start him though..

    • Soldier

      why ?

      • Dillon Tovak

        It depends on his true match fitness.

        • Jezza

          I’d prefer a half fit Slimani to Joselu every time.

          • Dillon Tovak

            But if we rushed him and injured him I’d actually cry. Come on at 60 mins at 0-0 I hope.
            Obviously unless he’s genuinely ready to start.

          • Jezza

            Fair point. It would be bleeding typical of our luck if our one and only decent striker got injured first time out.

      • Paul Patterson

        Bring him on in the second half when Man U tire . .

        • Danimal

          ..of scoring goals against us?

  • Peaky Magpie

    Hope the lad does really well but I wish we had signed two strikers….we didn’t so I hope to hell he can stay fit and see us through….
    ASHLEY OUT…

    • TheNutJob

      Fatty oot, sack the board, lynch Penfold
      😂😂

      • Leazes.

        Waterboard Penfold, lynch fatty and put him in a sack.

    • Jezza

      Ideally we could have done with three. Two goal getters and one who can hold the ball.

      • Down Under Mag

        We COULD have done with an entire new first XI, but i’ll take what we got in as it’s actually more than I expected off this owner – shows you how low expectations are these days I guess.

        • Jezza

          Agreed on all counts. I was also genuinely expecting no new players at all in January.

  • Wor Lass

    Good luck to the lad. He`s truly our only hope now. We don`t have anyone else up top who is any good at this level.

  • anyobrien

    Nee pressure Wor kid

    • Down Under Mag

      Indeed…the hopes and dreams of the Geordie Nation on his shoulders as he must single handedly score the goals needed to keep us in the top division. I can just imagine now what the Boo-Boys will be like should he miss his first half chance.

  • Geordiegiants

    Poor kid has the weight of Newcastle on his shoulders. I hope he isn’t as disappointing as Mitro turned out to be when he had the same task.

  • Cockneytrev

    He needs to hit the ground running,, it’s always a problem for our new signings because the squad is so weak and we are desperate for points , they carry the expectations of the whole of the city.

  • 5floorshigh

    so he must ‘earn his place’……??? or stand in line, be obedient and don’t ever play in a manner that is beyond instruction.