Newcastle takes Slimani on loan just before deadline


Newcastle United’s first loan signing of the season was Man of the Match in Wednesday’s draw with Burnley, as Kenedy won a penalty kick and sent in the corner kick that resulted in Newcastle’s loan goal.

[ RECAP: Newcastle 1-1 Burnley ]

It’s second is an even more well-known quantity.

Islam Slimani will spend the second half of the Premier League season with Newcastle United, the big Algerian bringing five goals across all competitions to join his seven goal, four assists PL campaign in 2016-17.

Here’s Slimani, from Newcastle’s web site:

“Knowing the power of the fans and crowd here and how great they are, and also speaking to the manager, it gave me the confidence that this was the right choice.”

Slimani is still returning to fitness after a recent injury, and will not be able to play against Leicester City either.

Newcastle will also add a goalkeeper on loan, according to reports, with Martin Dubravka joining from Sparta Prague. Will it be enough to save Newcastle from a third relegation in 10 seasons?