NUFC fan’s intriguing theory on Islam Slimani after his loan move from Leicester ends early

Despite a late appeal, it’s been confirmed today that Islam Slimani WILL face a three-match ban for violent conduct – and Newcastle fans since have made some interesting comments about the striker, explaining why he hasn’t been as useless as some are suggesting.

There’s a case being made that he’s actually paid his loan fee by playing a big part in our winning goals against Huddersfield and Arsenal – two wins that earned us an extra 4 points and perhaps an extra position or two in the table (worth £1.9m per place).

Given the £2m loan fee paid and the alleged £80,000 wage packet he brought with him, he’s cost a staggering £28,000 per minute and £2.5m per 90 minutes of football – but, to many’s surprise, there’s a case being made by several NUFC fans that he’s actually been *quite* useful.

Here’s what some supporters have said about his time at the club following today’s confirmation that his season (and NUFC career) is over:

After arriving with a thigh injury (which turned out to be more serious than first anticipated), he’s played just 131 minutes of football in just over 3 months and won’t kick a ball for us again this season after his ban, so, in general, he’s been a big disappointment, but it’s actually a reasonable argument here.

Where do you stand on it all folks? Are some people clutching at straws here or is this a valid point?

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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