Newcastle United supporters remain pretty buoyant in the Transfer Tavern over a week on from their side’s magnificent 1-0 victory over Manchester United in the Premier League, a result which moved them up to 13th place in the division.
Rafa Benitez’s men slipped into the bottom three prior to kick-off after Huddersfield Town beat Bournemouth 4-1, thus further increasing the pressure on the Magpies ahead of the visit of Jose Mourinho’s second place United. Yet the North East giants produced a wonderful performance to deservedly get the better of the Red Devils, with Matt Ritchie’s second half effort proving to be enough to clinch a vital three points for Benitez’s side, thus propelling them up to 13th in the Premier League table.
Consequently, there have been many delighted Newcastle fans in the Tavern in recent times, several of whom are likely to be intrigued and perhaps encouraged by a recent report from The Newcastle Chronicle, which suggests that striker Islam Slimani is doing extra training to be fit for the Magpies’ clash with Bournemouth this weekend.
The 29-year-old joined the North East giants on deadline day on loan for the rest of the season from fellow top-flight outfit Leicester City, but has failed to appear in any of Newcastle’s three league games since due to a thigh problem.
Yet reports suggest that, following returning to training at the club’s Benton training centre last week, the striker has since undertaken extra training in Algeria in a bid to prove his fitness to Benitez before Saturday’s encounter with Eddie Howe’s Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium.
And this commitment to the cause is likely to delight our resident Magpies fans, many of whom are hoping to see Slimani make his debut for the club on the South Coast this weekend.
Landlord’s verdict: Islam Slimani was brought in by Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez in a bid to help the club stave off Premier League relegation, but the striker has yet to appear for the first team due to injury.
But the Algeria international is doing all he can to be fit as soon as possible after reportedly undertaking extra training sessions in his homeland in recent times, with the aim likely to be Saturday’s trip to Bournemouth.
Whether he makes that clash remains to be seen, but the 29-year-old is doing everything he can to be there, which is commitment sure to delight our resident Newcastle fans.
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