Slimani And No Chance
With the January transfer period fast running out and our need for striking reinforcements passed the critical stage, some names got banded around in the final few days.
The likes of Daniel Sturridge on loan was mentioned as well as us part with actual real money on Nicolai Jorgensen of Feyenoord. There was even propaganda from Sky Sports that had record bids from us being banded about.
We're all toughened up now to the PR game that surrounds Mike Ashley and the lies that get spouted time after time after time with today's news of our actual striker signing just typical of the Ashley regime.
With all sorts of permutations running through your head about our dealings, the news of Islam Slimani being injured for at least another half a month on one hand gives you the wry smile that you just knew was going to happen but in the other, just wonder if this was a pay as you play loan with us so far owing zip.
The news has been filled with the likes of Sturridge and other media linked players getting injured with the main moral of that story saying we've dodged bullets but as always under Ashley, we dodge bullets that are hardly ever fired but when we do dodge, we walk into a bomb.
Relegation on the back of another minimal spend would be the bombshell that Ashley doesn't want but these type of circumstances with players being out can bring these type of rewards.
As it is, Slimani will miss the Bournemouth game tomorrow, followed by Liverpool next weekend as well as the Southampton match the week after.
Following that we have a ghost fixture in place against Spurs in that we dont know if it's going to be played that week or not before Huddersfield roll up to St James' Park at the end of March.
With a Leicester game in which Slimani cant play in after followed by Arsenal in mid April. That would be only TWO potential games that Slimani could play in before the season ending final five matches in what could be only a seven game Newcastle career. It beggars belief.