The Newcastle United supporters have been in fine spirits in the Transfer Tavern of late due to their side’s recent run of results which have enabled them to steer clear of the relegation zone.
Rafa Benitez’s side have been threatened by the prospect of a relegation battle for the vast majority of the season so far, but recent results have all but removed that threat with just 6 fixtures left to play. The resident Magpies faithful propping up our bar hoped that Islam Slimani would fire the club to safety after he arrived on Tyneside on transfer deadline day in January, but so far he has failed to make an impact at the club.
The Algerian has only made 1 appearance for the club this season due to his struggle with a muscle injury. It’s certainly been a frustrating situation for everybody involved with the club, especially Slimani who must be desperate to impress his new suitors on the field of play.
However, despite his lack of first-team football, Newcastle might still be inclined to secure a permanent deal for his services when the season reaches its conclusion, according to The Leicester Mercury. The report claims that Slimani will have an opportunity to impress at Newcastle during the final weeks of the season and, the quality of his performances will determine his future.
But regardless of how well Slimani performs during the final weeks of the season, Newcastle should end their interest in him and instead do everything they can to sign his Leicester teammate, namely Kelechi Iheanacho (valued at £13.5 million by Transfermarkt). Iheancho has struggled to force his way into the first-team since arriving at the King Power from Manchester City last summer due to the intense competition for places, but he certainly will not be content with the situation he currently finds himself in.
The Nigerian international is goal-scoring predator who has the potential to score at least 15 goals a season in the Premier League within the right environment. At this moment in time, Leicester does not appear to be an ideal destination for his development, so Newcastle should provide him with a way out of the club this summer.
At just 21-years-of-age, Iheanacho has immense potential to become a top quality striker in English football, but he needs plenty of first-team opportunities if he wants to realise the full extent of his ability. Considering he has started just 3 league matches all season, it seems plausible that Leicester will be open to the possibility of selling him this summer and, if that proves to be the case, Newcastle should do everything they can to complete a deal for his services.
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