Jamie Carragher makes strange comment about Islam Slimani as he brands NUFC a ‘shambles’

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.

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!

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

8 thoughts on “Jamie Carragher makes strange comment about Islam Slimani as he brands NUFC a ‘shambles’

  1. There’s only one reason that our club is a shambles and that is because we have an owner who is unwilling to invest in a team who could even sit halfway in the league so us fans aren’t a nervous wreck every week. Sick of hearing pundits slagging off benitez ie Jamie redknapp , crap footballer and no managerial experience now or in the future, Jamie carragher, great defender but absolutely no managerial experience and finally Graeme souness , what a **** !!!!

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  2. Loyal Toon supporters are tired of explayers ala Redknapp , Carragher and G Neville slagging off Rafa ! Sky TV provides the platform for this trio with no managerial experience to slate a legend! G Nevilles Cook’s tour was a wonderful success in Spain!! He is an arrogant no all and couldn’t manage his dirty washing ! I enjoy the football on Sky but there only a few pundits that are worth listening too. Yes the Toon are struggling but Jesus Christ would need a miracle with a Championship team in the Premier league !! JB

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  3. Can you be sure what Caragher said concerning Slimani, after all whether it’s a speech impediment or his scouce accent , what most audiences hear is a throat clearing sound, whichever
    genius hired this guy as a pundit, who’s job is to verbally address anyone living outside the Liverpool city lines should hide his head in shame.

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  4. I believe it is our friends at Sky Sports who have a real issue with NUFC. I’ve been a Sky Sports subscriber for many years and a Newcastle fan for a lot lot longer, and I’ve yet to see any really positive or constructive NUFC press from any of the pundits (who are the mouthpieces of the channel). I remember when we won the Championship the time before the last time we went down; Sky gave us about 1min of airtime. Every time we play, the negatives are always highlighted, and on the occasion we do cause an upset, it always goes down to how badly the opposition has played – never how well we might have played. So it comes as no surprise for the club to be slated for any form of business done.
    I honestly believe that even if we had won every single game this season (!! – no chance, we should be that good!!) , Sky Sports would still concentrate on the Man City/Arsenal/Chelsea/Liverpool/ Spurs news (however trivial) which invariably appears to take up most of their prime time schedule. I don’t think things will change any time soon….😒

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  5. As a Leicester city fan I can say categorically that their is no comparison with Joselu. Slimani is a great player and a true goal scorer. His style of play didn’t work with Vardy and that is the only reason he didn’t appear more often. He is strong, good pace, clever on the ball, holds it well and can score. He is a great signing for NUFC. Carragher is an idiot. His opinion in reality is worth no more than anyone else’s. I hoe he does well for you.

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  6. Cheers nick the Leicester fan I too agree about slimani he is a big strong lad who can hold the ball up and that is something we are definitely missing for sure .I believe he just needs regular game time and cross fingers he scores enough goals to keep us up because somebody needs too .

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  7. Caragher, great defender.
    Pundit, a bit of a big mouth, unfortunately or perhaps fortunately, no one can understand what the f**k he’s saying, being everything sounds like a throat clearing effort.
    Perhaps he’s unaware that he has a thick scouse accent
    I don’t get it why some some believe that great players can be interesting pundits, just take for instance Caragher, Shearer, Neville, none of which speaks an understandable form of English and make no attempt at ridding themselves of their dialect, don’t forget tv broadcasts go all over the world and the non Brit audiences have a difficult time understanding both local dialect and colloquialisms , so wise up guys, take a few lessons and lay off the Geordie, Scouse and Mancunian accents .

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