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“Boumsong was better”: Twitter reacts to Islam Slimani’s ban ending Newcastle spell

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“Boumsong was better”: Twitter reacts to Islam Slimani’s ban ending Newcastle spell

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.

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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…

He may go down as one of the worst signings in recent Magpies history…

Some had sympathy…

Some were even pleased…

And there was speculation as to what it might mean looking forward…

Sam is a football journalist focusing on English football at all levels and Spanish football. He also writes for Spain's biggest daily sports newspaper, MARCA, as well as The Boot Room. Find Sam on Twitter at @samleveridge.

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