The Toon Army are excited by rumours in the British media that Newcastle are in the hunt for a new striker this month, but it’s fair to say that one of the latest rumours has failed to capture their imagination.
Newcastle United have desperately struggled to score goals on their return to the Premier League this season, and their weakness in this regard has dragged them into a relegation battle. Joselu and Dwight Gayle have been Benitez’s preferred options to lead the line ahead of Aleksandar Mitrovic, who appears to have no future on Tyneside whilst the Spaniard remains at the helm.
Neither of the aforementioned strikers have managed to convince the supporters that they can score the goals necessary to keep them in the top-flight this season, hence why they are so eager for Benitez to bring a talented goalscorer to the club this month.
Earlier this week, The Guardian claimed that Newcastle are interested in bringing Atletico Madrid star Kevin Gameiro to the club, but according to The Mirror, The Magpies are also monitoring Leicester City outcast Islam Slimani.
Judging by the reaction on Twitter, it appears that the Newcastle fans are massively uninspired by their club’s links with Slimani, which is no surprise considering he can’t buy a start in Claude Puel’s starting eleven for love nor money right now.
Whether the Algerian moves to Tyneside or not remains to be seen, but the majority of supporters seem to be hoping that Benitez will focus his interest elsewhere this month.
Here’s what the fans had to say about a potential move for Islam Slimani…
Rather have @CH14_ proven goal scorer
— Rhys (@johnsonrhyss) January 24, 2018
I would rather keep Mitro. This is a poor bit of business if true.
— Toon Toon (@letswaitandsee9) January 23, 2018
Is he even good? Thought he wasn’t doing anything at Leicester
— Graham Bell (@Graham_Bell5) January 23, 2018
are you happy with joselu? we need quality up top to score goals or we are down simple as
— dave armstrong (@1davearmstrong) January 23, 2018
20 mill for a piece of useless salami
— Picko (@p16cko) January 24, 2018
Never a £20m striker. Jesus
— Graeme Everett (@GraemeEverett) January 23, 2018
Hope this isn’t true! Waste of £20 Million
— Carl_Blewitt1994 (@blewitt1994) January 23, 2018
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Be completely stupid to sell Mitrovic and buy Slimani… 7 years older and no better #nufc
— Iain Race (@Iain_Race) January 23, 2018