Newcastle were desperate for a striker in January 2018, signing Islam Slimani on loan from Leicester. Two years on, Aston Villa are looking to do the same.
According to Le 10 Sport, Villa have made an offer to take the Algerian international on loan. He’s already on a temporary deal away from the Foxes, currently in Ligue 1 with Monaco.
However, L’Equipe claim that Slimani is open to leaving the Monégasques. The 31-year-old has done well this season, scoring seven goals and providing seven assists.
He would arrive at Villa in a lot better form than he did Newcastle, that’s for sure.
Slimani spent the first half of the 2017/18 season on the fringes at Leicester, managing just one Premier League goal in 12 appearances. On January 31st 2018, the striker moved to St James’ Park on loan, despite fitness issues.
He was tipped as Newcastle’s saviour, but it didn’t play out that way. Slimani barely featured in black and white, with a thigh problem prolonging his Magpies debut. He ended the season suspended, picking up a retrospective three match after a clash with Craig Dawson.
Slimani didn’t score a single Newcastle goal, although he was able to contribute to wins against Arsenal and Huddersfield, helping to create the winners in both games.
With Wesley out for the season, Aston Villa are desperate for a striker. That’s why they’ve reportedly turned to Slimani. They’ll be praying it doesn’t go the same way his last loan spell in England did.
He could be Aston Villa’s saviour, but he’ll always be remembered as a flop at St James’ Park.