Newcastle United striker Islam Slimani has seen his spell at St. James’ Park come to an end as he has been slapped with a three match suspension by the FA for lashing out at West Brom defender Craig Dawson at the weekend, the club have confirmed.
The striker has played just 130 minutes since joining on loan from Leicester City in January and failed to score at all since wearing the black and white stripes.
A thigh injury kept him out for the first six games of his loan spell and then he was ineligible to feature against his parent club, meaning he was restricted to just one start, against Everton, alongside substitute appearances against Huddersfield, Arsenal and West Brom.
He will now miss fixtures against Watford, Tottenham and Chelsea before his loan spell officially ends in the summer.
The Algerian international’s best moment was a header which some have deemed as an assist as Matt Ritchie gave the Magpies a memorable lead over Arsenal.
Now, Slimani’s next appearance at club level is uncertain, with doubts still surrounding his future at the King Power Stadium and his loan spell on Tyneside unlikely to have helped him to persuade Rafa Benitez or any other Premier League coach to splash out on bringing him in permanently.
Here’s how Twitter reacted to the news:
His record has been appalling…
Islam Slimani has played just 130 mins since joining Newcastle on loan in January.
Man Utd ?
He's not scored while on loan ? pic.twitter.com/e4IyDS6lLb
— BT Sport Score (@btsportscore) May 3, 2018
He may go down as one of the worst signings in recent Magpies history…
Laters Slimani…its been…. its been….. its been pretty shit tbh mate
— Get Hype 20 (@ThePrototypesUK) May 3, 2018
Cheers for the header against Arsenal that wasn't quite an assist.
— Rob M (@GeordieRobM) May 3, 2018
Boumsong was a better signing
— Ken Adams (@LiamSweeney_) May 3, 2018
Islam Slimani is banned for more matches than he has played for Newcastle ???
— Mike (@MikeTalksFooty) May 3, 2018
Islam Slimani… the worst loan spell ever? #NUFC
— Cory Jay Graham (@Coryjgraham) May 3, 2018
Some had sympathy…
Yet no mention of Dawson’s stamp that instigated the kick, the @FA have to see the stamp when they’ve reviewed the footage to charge Slimani, to take no action against Dawson shows just how biased towards certain clubs @FA are, no charge against Salah as well tells it’s own story
— Jase ???? (@jasonhebron) May 3, 2018
Some were even pleased…
Slimani getting banned is for the best, even if he played (& played well) in the remaining 3 games it wouldn't have been enough to justify the money needed for a permanent transfer – but we would still have wanted to keep him because of the "potential" #NUFC
— Barry Blakely (@BarryBlakely) April 30, 2018
Slimani charged and soon to be banned.
Sorry but the bloke is moron and doesn't deserve to sign for our club anyway after that bollocks.
What kind of idiot does that when they are desperately to win a permanent contract at new club???
— Burnsie ?NUFC?? (@BenArfaChance) April 30, 2018
And there was speculation as to what it might mean looking forward…
What a doughnut Slimani is. Blew his chances of a permanent move to SJP. Rafa got rid of Mitro coz of his disciplinary issues, brings this tit in who does exactly the same. Fingers crossed MA opens his wallet otherwise I can see Rafa walking & I for one won’t blame him #NUFC
— Breeny (@stephenbreen14) May 3, 2018