Islam Slimani arrived at Leicester City in summer 2016.

The Foxes had just won the Premier League and were now preparing for a Champions League campaign.

Almost £90m was spent after lifting the title and a large chunk of that went on the Algerian striker.

Islam Slimani becoming their record buy at £29m.

Interesting then to see what Leicester fans have had to say about the forward after he came on for Newcastle at the weekend and helped them beat Arsenal.

The vast majority of comments below are from Leicester supporters who rate him, the consensus being that he was simply the wrong player to bring in, when Jamie Vardy is undisputed number one.

Without Champions League football and success in domestic cup competitions, it basically means Leicester have a record club signing with no way of getting into the team, as the perception is that he and Vardy can’t play together.

There are references to his injury record and indeed Newcastle fans have been left frustrated in these past three months of not seeing him start a match.

However, at Leicester, there were 62 Premier League matches before Islam Slimani came to Newcastle on loan, and he was only unavailable for 18 of them, starting 15 Premier League matches for Leicester and named on the bench 29 times.

In all competitions Islam Slimani has scored 13 goals in 23 starts (plus another 23 appearances off the bench).

He turns 30 in June and there appears to be an acceptance amongst Leicester fans that if they can get around half the fee (£15m or so) then best for both club and player that he is sold.

If he can back up the promise of the showing against Arsenal in these remaining five loan games, interesting to see whether Newcastle will make a move to sign him permanently.

Leicester fans comment on Islam Slimani v Arsenal via their top Foxes Talk message board:

‘Looked quality when he came on for Newcastle today. 

Should we sell / will he ever want to play for us again?’

‘He is decent, pity a lot of city fans wanted to get rid.’

‘He’s only just got fit but the amount of crosses that went in the box on Saturday [Burnley 2 Leicester 1] I’m sure he would have been of use to us.’

‘The grass is always greener on the other side, ain’t it?

He doesn’t fit here and we obviously have a locker room problem and inflated egos.

3 managers and it’s the same thing. starting high and sinking low.’

‘Islam Slimani doesn’t suit us, which we all saw coming when we signed a number 9 after a season where our most important player and number 9 scored 24 league goals.

Very good option but I’d imagine he wants to leave to start games.’

‘One game good, the other truly shocking. Donkey, get rid.’

‘The problem he has is that Slimani doesn’t run about like Okazaki. 

If he did he would be a fans favourite. Looked decent on the MOTD highlights.’

‘That’s cause he’s never had a consistent run of games,

Granted injuries haven’t helped but then again the lack of match  fitness is probably to blame for the injuries.’

‘I have only ever seen him play for us.

He seemed lumbering and pretty limited with the ball at his feet.

He didn’t get a good run in the side, no, but I was never particularly impressed with what I saw. Good in the air.

In total honesty I preferred Ulloa. I thought Leo offered us more despite not having the same strengths as Slim.’


Too good to spend his time on the bench and we don’t seem to know how to play an alternative to Vardy.

Pretty sure he doesn’t want to come back anyway.’

‘Pretty sure he doesn’t feature in Puel’s plans either!

We talk plan a and plan b etc, well I reckon Puel would start thinking about Slimani at around about plan k!’

‘Always made an impact when starting in games.’

‘Would be a very useful option when we’re chasing games and getting the ball in the box, but I’d imagine he wants to start regularly and certainly doesn’t suit our current style (although not many of our players do).’

‘Don’t bother with that any of the thick skulls too blind or biased to see that Islam Slimani has always made a difference when either starting or given a decent game time.’

He did play very well yesterday for Newcastle when he came on, however as long as Vardy is our main striker he simply won’t fit in with our style of play, so I would sell.’

‘No one will displace Vardy so that’s that.’

‘Good player but he’ll want to move on.

We’ll sell him and Ulloa and continue crossing the ball for small players then wonder why we can’t score.’

‘I’m one of few that didn’t want him but now likes him tbh, most people seemed to go the other way.

Maybe it’s about expectation, lot of people got hyped and were disappointed. I was expecting an absolute donkey and was pleasantly surprised.

He’s just not a “target man” which is what people thought they were getting. Some Andy Carroll type to win flick ons because apparently its still 1995 and that’s still what we want in the team.

I’d have him back if we were going to use him but we’re probably not, so move him on.’

‘When he plays he looks ok, it’s just getting him on the field, can’t afford to be carrying a sick note all season.’

‘I don’t think we even know what to do with him.

Yet another in the long list of transfer failures.’

‘Since we let Slimani and Leo go on loan, we have started playing more in wider areas and sticking a load of crosses in.

Sometimes this club baffles me.

Loan out any aerial threat then spend the next ten games sticking high balls in the box with nobody to attack them.

When they went out on loan we were playing nice passing football and cutting through teams with our passing and movement. Since then our philosophy has been slow build up often resulting in floaty cross for Vardy against 2 big centre backs.’

‘He’s a mystery is our Slim.

Great impact at times. Early goals against Burnley and Porto come to mind.

Then in Shaky’s early days in charge a frustrating evening against Sunderland changed after an hour when he and Albrighton came on and combined to break the deadlock. A lot of injuries over the two seasons he’s been in England, and some games (Fleetwood away springs to mind) appalling.

He has some excellent attributes, and I would be happy enough if stays.

However he is 30 in June, and with two years left on his contract, if we can find someone willing to pay £15 million I would take it.’

‘Wrong profile to have as a back-up striker… player in his prime who’s only gonna go down in value if he isn’t playing.

Best to stick with Vardy and Iheanacho and hopefully some youngsters who can be patient as Vardy isn’t getting out this team any time soon.

If we had the europa league next year I’d keep him though tbh.’

‘Hope he puts in a few more decent performances from now until the end of the season. Might help us retrieve some of the hefty fee we paid for him.

Our recruitment was diabolical after winning the league.’

‘Looks at home in that Newcastle side already.

Slimani and Vardy was never going to work.’

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Same boat as Kenedy, good players who weren`t getting a game for their club so loaned out & the players themselves have something to prove.
    Both are a step up from what we`ve got & i`d sign both but i`m afraid the
    Kray Twins at their height couldn`t get Fatso to cough up

    • Leazes.

      It would be nice to see them try though!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose


    • Rich Lawson

      Jack Carter would have,”your a big man but your out of shape”. Unfortunately that Gateshead multi storey is no longer there to chuck him off !

      • grantham mag

        Greys monument maybe.

        • pedrodelgardo

          you wouldn’t want to be stood at the bottom when they chucked him off.

  • Billy Ellwood

    If he’s fit just 25% of the time, that really isn’t useful enough.

  • mentalman

    i hadn’t seen an awful lot of him before he joined us but what i had seen i would say he’s lost weight and a lot more mobile now.

    He looks head and shoulders above what we currently have and hopefully he’ll be playing for us next season to

    • Leazes.

      Nobody had seen a lot of him…. he hadn’t played if you look at the last two years performance data on transfermarkt. That’s why I wondered how Benitez had managed to scout him!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        He didn`t, did he !

      • simon

        has 13 goals in 23 league starts for Leicester the majority of others hes been on the bench playing second fiddle to vardy but ratio isn’t bad for those stats

  • Paul Patterson

    He would have to come for a lot less than the £29m we they paid for him . .

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      They wanted £25m at the start of January

      • Paul Patterson

        Too much for me then . .

  • Viru leckworth

    He did look decent on Sunday, seemed to have a bit of pace too. Age will be a factor though. However if we could sign him for under 15m, I would like to see it happen.

  • Rich Lawson

    The 3 loaner’s should be the transfer priority,realistically £40 mil’,over to you Mr Ashley.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      The keeper has an option built in so that’s down to Rafa, Kenedy’s future is in the hands of Chelsea and it’s a bit early to say on Slimani.

      Yes, it’s likely to be in excess of £40m for the 3 but the chances of getting the three will depend on other factors.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        The factors being Fatso departs & new owners are willing to fund the Manager

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Not really the point through Leazes’. There will be around £40m available to Rafa, he does with it what he wants. However, you need the players to want to come, the donor clubs to want to sell and Rafa to consider this to be his best use of the money.

      • mentalman

        i wouldn’t be surprised if Dubravka signs on Thursday or Friday when we have been confirmed to be in the prem next season

  • Fatwatch

    Ideally, we would sign someone without his injury record and maybe 2 years younger…In reality, that person doesn’t exist/ costs too much (for Ashley)/ won’t play for NUFC – So I’d take him on…

  • Wor Monga

    If it’s possible to sign this lad for around £20m, it is a no-brainer…get around £15m or so for Mitro, and we’ll at long last have that top quality striker, we’ve needed for years, to lead our front line…and all for a relative pittance!!!

    • Paul Patterson

      Not sure I’d risk £20m+ on him

  • ghostrider

    I see Dubravka as a certainty at 4 million.
    I see Slimani being priced out of a move with Leicester most likely wanting too large a chunk of the fee they paid, so unlikely to happen. 10 million is worth a punt for his age, but I haven’t seen enough of him to be too bothered either way. Maybe the next few games and seeing him start will give a better indication as to where and what he’s going and doing.

    As for Kenedy. I see Chelsea not playing ball at any price we are prepared to pay.
    If his head is kept right this lad it going all the way to the top and Guardiola might be just the man to coax him away if Chelsea don’t utilise him.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      I’d expect Chelsea to offer him a new contract in the Summer and then perhaps loan him to us for a season. Chelsea are not going to let him go on the cheap.

      • ghostrider

        I’d take that in a heart beat.

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          Oh definately, where that leaves us in June 2019, I’m not so sure.

          If we could buy him for £20m, that would be ideal. I agree with you, we could be losing him for twice as much in a year’s time, however, that scenario will not be lost on Chelsea.

          • ghostrider

            It’ll be interesting to see how all this pans out. It makes for an exciting summer, potentially.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            It could be, however, we could be seeing the best outcome for the summer trading as having the same playing squad as we have right now.

            If we can add a right back, I’d be pretty pleased with that.

          • Wor Lass

            We need left back cover as well.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            It would be nice but that should really come from the u23’s. It’s also hard to recruit anyone on the promise of backing up Wales’ 3rd choice full back.

          • Wor Lass

            He took a sabbatical, Bobbi. I bet he wouldn`t be 3rd choice after the season he`s having now. It`ll be interesting to see if Giggs tries to get him back in the fold.

          • mentalman

            He’s already been asked back and turned them down to concentrate on the relegation fight, he’s also reported to have been approached by someone in the England set up

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            I was being facetious but you get he point, recruiting an understudy is difficult, you end up with Manquillo.

          • mentalman

            we need to get rid of a few players before we get a new left back, i think at the start of the season we had about 6 players who can play in that position, the penny pinchers will never allow another lb to be brought in when there are already so many players for that position

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            The irony of this is that it would now be considered a good window to buy the players we borrowed in January but January was considered (by some, not your good self) as a disaster.

          • thewildchimp

            Last summer is the problem, not winter. Benitez wanted Kenedy back then and we probably would have gotten him. For half the amount they’ll ask now.

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            That’s simply not the reality, yes, Rafa wanted him but you need all parties to agree.

            Chelsea didn’t want to sell, they wanted to loan him out to us BUT when they couldn’t get the players they wanted, especially cover on the left, they pulled.

            Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain snubbed them, Alex Sandro didn’t go through so they were left with just Kenedy and Baba Rahman as back-up and they failed to bring in any other players to help out Marcos Alonso.

      • Wor Lass

        The one question mark over him is his stamina. How come he`s still struggling to see out a full game? Yes, he puts 100% in but he should be fully match fit now. I`m not saying that to put him down – he`s been the key signing that`s sparked us off – but it might be a worry to Chelsea. Clutching at straws?

        • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

          I noticed that he was keen to be subbed on Sunday, he looked shot. Rafa kept him on, perhaps to get him to play full games. There was quite an exchange at the end of the game between the two of them which was all smiles but I wondered if that was connected to the fact Kenedy appeared to expect to be subbed.

        • gallowgate26

          He’s still quite young and not every player is a marathon runner/ Olympic athlete. I’d rather have a mix but if I had to choose, I’d take a footballer (Kenedy) over an athlete (Danny Simpson) any day. One thing I would say, and that MoTD and all and sundry have picked up on) is that he’s making some absolute lung busting runs forward with the ball and frightening the life out of some defenders. I prefer that to him pacing himself over 90 minutes.

    • TheNutJob

      he`s certain because he`s cheep

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Or because we have a legally binding option on him.

        • TheNutJob

          the final say is in the hands of the player himself

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Very true but not down to him being cheap.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            Everything`s down to being cheap or were you asleep when we signed the likes of Joselu, Manquillo, Sels

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Sels was cheap?

          • glassjawsh-got-banned

            4.5 million for a keeper is cut rate at this point. Probably a bit high for one like Sels, though…

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            So if Elliott or Darlow is sold, we’re expecting in excess of £4.5m each

      • ghostrider

        Of course there’s that but I think the lad is more than happy to commit his future to us.
        I’d rather get players cheaper than pay stupid money to players that guarantee nothing extra.
        Make our own stars from clever scouting and good eye for detail.

      • mentalman

        does it matter if he is cheap, we can buy him for 4million and sell Elliot for i’d say easily 5million so there’s extra money for another position

        • MichaelMaximusMoose

          If he was expensive he wouldn`t be bought

    • Wor Lass

      Youll be gutted that Slimani came on, performed well and had a big part in setting up the winning goal – muscling in on the lads` survival party, indeed!

      • ghostrider

        Nahhh, you get me all wrong and it’s biting at you.
        I ALWAYS want the best for Newcastle United and I always support every player that pulls on the shirt and gives their best.
        If Slimani scores 10 goals in a game I’d be jumping about like a lunatic with every goal.

        • Wor Lass

          Your bum`s on fire!

  • TheNutJob

    Big Andy`s coming home

    • Peaky

      In an ambulance…😆

  • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

    Jezza said that Slimani would not play for us and we have him on a pay as you play contract. Has Jezza ever been right or ever told the truth?

    • Wor Lass

      Does anyone actually KNOW what sort of contract he`s on? I`d be amazed if we took an injured player and agreed to pay his wages until he was fit.

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Conversely, do you really think Leicester would have allowed their player to come here on a pay as you play deal? We don’t know the details of the deals and nor should the wider world but we have to be realistic.

      • TheNutJob

        Fatty paying out 80 grand a week to an injured player.
        no way Jose

      • Guest 2

        And what excuse or reason was there for taking Ferreyra?

  • Whickhamrobbie

    Slim is a crock and too old get Das Bost and pay the wonga for him (sorry about that).
    Kennedy and the Dub yes but Slimani is unproven and unfit IMO.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      Das Bost is no better than Slimani

    • Ram Kishore

      Bas dost will cost another 25 or 30 million and Sporting doesn’t sell cheap

      • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

        Exactly, I’ve not seem much of him [Dost] except the Holland v England game recently where he was hopeless.

        Slimani had a better record at Sporting but as you say, Sporting look to bring in players like Slimani and Bost and move them on at a profit.

        • Ram Kishore

          Sporting being one of the elites their team is filled with best players of their league and the chances created will be higher accordingly goals scored by a good targetman will be excellent.. I remember a player signed by Norwich city who cost them.10 mill while Houghton managed turned to be their Rivere

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Van Wolfswinkel who was being linked with us and scouted by Graham Carr. Hughton may well have remembered the link (at the time Carr’s reputation was sky high) and may well have thought he’d get a gem.

            Van Wolfswinkel is doing OK now at Basel but in a team that dominates a weaker league much like your example for Sporting.

          • Ram Kishore

            Sam was not even with us for long but why everyone from our fan base hates him}?

          • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

            Slightly off subject but i think part of it is that he went on to manage Sunderland, keep them up at our expense.

            At NUFC, he was different to what we were used to. When we were winning, fans could overlook the style of play, when we weren’t winning, it was a problem.

            Mike Ashley actually stood with the away fans in Sam’s time, the away fans let him know what they thought of the ‘style’ a style that was more negative away than at home. In reality, fans didn’t know quite how tight money was and fans thought they were should be watching a Rolls Royce team but had a rubbish driver when the reality was the team were by and large past it and the manager had a big rebuild job on his hands.

  • gallowgate26

    I would sign him actually. I just get a good feeling about it. Certainly it’s not an investment and we would be at the mercy of him staying fit and scoring 15-20 goals per season. But.. He is in his prime, 30 in June. Say we offered him a three year contract… He had an amazing three years at Sporting where he scored 48 goals and is regarded as a player who peaked late. He has relatively low mileage, which people always forget to consider when they just look at age. (Rooney and Owen buth high mileage and burned out by late 20s, also Rooney smokes and doesn’t look after himself) Slimanis’ time at Leicester has been a disaster but they never should have signed him and paid so much (broke their transfer record) if they wanted Vardy. I just think that he offers us something different up front and is a class above any of the current forwards. He is good in the air as well, which I don’t think any of our forwards currently are. It wouldn’t be a future investment but this is where the club need to relax the rules. £15m would mean £5m per season (fee not wages) for our no. 1 CF. In this day and age that is acceptable. It very much depends on him wanting to be here and showing us what he can do over five PL games. I’d actually be cheeky and offer Leicester £10-£12m for him. What else are they going to do? Keep an expensive player on the wage bill who obviously doesn’t fit? That fact that they paid £29m for him is meaningless as it was stupidly inflated and on the back of their league win.

    • thewildchimp

      If they’d sell him for £20m, then perhaps – Ashley would never pay more than that. But I don’t think City would accept it, maybe if they had an expensive target. They aren’t in the position where they have to buy and sell.

      • gallowgate26

        I don’t think Ashley will pay £20m. I personally don’t think he’ll go higher than £15m this summer. If he can get £15m for Mitrovic and Leicester will sell for £15m then I think he will give Rafa the green light, despite his previous insistence on buying players as an investment value. He’s slowly learning his lesson and would recognise that we need a senior player who has the pedigree to keep us up and in the TV money. (Which is far more than making a £20m profit on a player) Mitrovic has been here 3 seasons and has barely increased in value at all. I also think Ashley sees the £16m / Michael Owen record transfer fee, as a badge of honour, that he hasn’t broken it in 13 years and I predict that he will sell in the next few years without breaking it.

        • thewildchimp

          If he has a good Cup, selling him could cover Dubravka and Kenedy fees easily. He won’t go under 20, not with the media story around him. An ugly, unwanted duckling turns out to be the 1-per-game Championship striker. And if he manages to get noticed against Brazil – he’ll be our Sissoko Mk.2.

          • csh

            One thing to consider is if we can get him at under £20m then with Benitez’ expert coaching he can only improve. Same with Kenedy, at £20m he’d be a shrewd investment, but mainly if Rafa plans to stick around and improve him.

  • Blackburn1066

    How can we tell if he will be good for us, he has only played half a game?

  • Ramalingam Raghavan

    We need 3 Strikers and 3 GKs.
    30mn Striker, 15mn Striker and Gayle(Coz only Mitro will give you funds 20). If we get Torres for free better, will pay in wages rather than transfer money.
    GK- Sign Dub for 4, Sell both Elliot & Darlow and get in 1 experienced keeper.
    CM- That Turkish guy
    AM – 15mn
    LB – 15mn
    20mn + sales = 2 backups if Ashley spends
    So it is a min 50mn spend + Mitro sale . So gross 70mn.
    Our net spend should be 50mn at the least to challenge for top4/6.

    • mactoon

      Ashley will not provide any money ‘from his pocket’. The amount he will make available will be nowhere near enough to fund the buys you set out above. I would be surprised if we manage to get Dubravka and Slimani on permanents and if we did I doubt we would then be in a position to pursue a deal for Kenedy.

      • Ramalingam Raghavan

        If Ashley is not backing its good bye

        • mactoon

          The only way Ashley will back Rafa is if he refuses to sign a new contract until after the close of the transfer window. This means if he wants Rafa to stay he may be forced into providing money to buy the players Rafa wants. And I wouldn’t spend any of the kitty on Torres.

          • Ramalingam Raghavan

            If Rafa goes for Torres It will be more to do with his experience and dressing room impact rather than playing time.
            Reina & Torres will be bought only for the above reasons. Though Reina might have still 2-3 more years left in him.
            Nothing is confirmed as of now.
            So the 3rd striker also could be Tammy on loan.
            Nothing can be said atm.
            No clue as of now about whom we will be signing other than Dubravka atm.

    • Dont stop bobbi fleckman

      If Slimani enjoys and does well for the next few games, he will stay and we may get him for £20m if we are lucky. Gayle should stay IMHO and Mitro goes for £20m. Torres will be very expensive in wages, we are only allowed to increase our wage bill by £8m.

      Chelsea will offer us Kenedy on loan if we are lucky.

      Dubravka will be bought.

      The next pressing position is right back.

      we will not buy a no.10, Rafa’s never really had one except at napoli where he fell out with Hamsik.

      I think you are overly optimistic about the revenues for the outgoing players.

      Ashley will not add £50m from his pocket, Our net spend may be around £30m, i don’t expect much more from the new owners either. We’ll finish 7th next season.

      • Ramalingam Raghavan

        30mn is just enough for top 6.
        ST – Gayle + Mitro SWAP + Back up -Hoss – 5mn Net
        AM – Priority, he had Stevie G at Lpool. Merino might fit in. Anyone who has a an eye for a defense splitting pass. 15mn
        Wings – Kenedy 15mn, Sell – Aarons- 5mn 10mn net
        CM – Turkish guy – Hayden 10mn Net max.
        CB – If Memba leaves, might get someone. Not worried too much as Rafa has a knack spotting good ones.
        GK – Dubravka in and Elliot/Selz out – 0

        40 net spent.
        Hopefully we should be able to get 10-15mn from Colback, Haidara, Memba & Saviet and remaining.

        Effectively 25-30mn net spend, Bare minimum,

  • Toonrobbybobson

    Weve seen more from Slim than WBA Sturridge…

    Slim for <£15m in this climate would be a steal. Yes 30 but get 3 seasons of usage thats £5m a year. Thats some decent quality added to the squad for a good price. I expect Joselu will be thanked and moved on this summer who cost £5m for one season so theres the comparison.

    Slim clearly has a bit about his game and his header was intelligent at the weekend. So too his attack of the keeper against huddersfield to stay behind the line and not go offside.