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Ranieri failed to get the best out of new Fulham target Slimani at Leicester



Ranieri failed to get the best out of new Fulham target Slimani at Leicester

Claudio Ranieri was the Leicester manager when the Foxes spent big money on Islam Slimani in the wake of their historic title triumph but could not get the best out of the towering striker. With Fulham reportedly readying a January bid, why would it be any different second time around?

Fulham are readying a January bid for Leicester City outcast Islam Slimani, according to the Guardian.

The Algerian hitman was signed by the Foxes for a reported £29m back in 2016 but is currently enduring an underwhelming loan spell at Fenerbahce.

But that deal is going to badly that the Turkish outfit are willing to terminate the deal early, opening the door for Fulham to launch a bid apparently in the region of £14.5m – half of the outlay Leicester made to sign him.


Their manager when Slimani arrived at the King Power Stadium was Claudio Ranieri, who of course has just taken over the hotseat in west London and is understandably keen to work with players he has worked with before in order to get his new club out of trouble.

(Photo by Plumb Images/Leicester City FC via Getty Images)

Slimani was brought to the Midlands to add more star attacking quality to a side who had just won the Premier League but Ranieri was unable to get the best out of him on a consistent basis.

He scored just eight times in 28 appearances in that 2016/17, which he started off by working with Ranieri before the Italian was sacked and replaced by Craig Shakespeare.

There is no reason to believe Ranieri could get more out of him at the Cottage, especially as he appears to be very similar to current talisman Aleksandar Mitrovic.

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