Jamie Carragher has branded Newcastle United a ‘shambles’ during the pundits appearance on Sky yesterday, also having a pop at our deadline day signing of Islam Slimani – naively suggesting that he’s another Premier League reject who couldn’t get a game at Leicester.
I somehow doubt he’d be criticising this signing if he’d arrived for a club record fee of £20m on deadline day. That’s what he would’ve cost if it wasn’t a loan..
Strangely, he compares him to Joselu, saying Slimani is another striker we’ve signed who couldn’t get a game for the club he arrived from. To an extent he’s not wrong, as Slimani did struggle to get a consistent run in Leicester’s side, however to compare the two is quite silly really.
Here’s what he said:
“The fact that Newcastle are getting a player on the last day on the window who can’t get a game for Leicester and may only play 10 games between now and the end of the season.
“Like the other striker – Joselu – he couldn’t get a game for Stoke, another team down there.
“Newcastle are a bit of a shambles.”
Now, I won’t disagree with the shambles comment, as Mike Ashley’s incompetence does make us exactly that at times, however I really struggle to accept him putting a negative spin on the Slimani signing.
It’s a coup for the club on deadline day, yet he attempts to put a downer on it – and compare him to Joselu.
Yes he couldn't get a game for Leicester, but he's done well when he's played. 8 goals and 5 assists in 15 starts, with most #LCFC fans saying he's been unlucky, purely struggling to start due to Jamie Vardy playing ahead of him as you'd expect (and they only play 1 up top..)
— Black&WhiteBarmy (@BlackWhiteBarmy) February 5, 2018
Firstly, Slimani scored 60 goals in little over 100 games for Sporting Lisbon (along with 15 assists), and secondly he as 8 goals and 5 assists in 15 starts for Leicester, with 13 goals and 7 assists in total. Joselu scored just 4 times in 27 appearances for Stoke and hasn’t ever hit double figures in any respectable league. There’s no comparison here.
We’ve got a £29m striker (albeit on loan) on deadline day, yet we’re being told it’s bad business by the club. January may have been a farce in the main (I agree that we’ve signed him too late), but the signing of Slimani himself should not be criticised – especially when most of us expected to sign no one!