Algerian striker Islam Slimani is set to make his debut for Newcastle against Manchester United in the Premier League this Sunday, according to manager Rafa Benitez.
Slimani signed on loan for the Magpies from league rivals Leicester City on transfer deadline day, and will be looking to help them achieve Premier League survival in their final 12 matches of the 2017/18 season.
Benitez believes the 29-year-old should be ready in time, and has confirmed that the Algerian international has already returned to full training since missing the Crystal Palace game due to a minor thigh problem.
Newcastle fans should be eager to see the target man make his debut at St James’ Park, as we outlined what Slimani can bring to the club.
They are currently 16th in the table, and just one point above the relegation zone so Slimani will be under pressure to deliver, especially for such a big club.
Newcastle beat off competition from the likes of West Ham and Monaco, and was reportedly convinced to join the Toon after speaking in-depth with Benitez.
The Spaniard has said that he has admired the Algerian international since he was playing for Sporting in Portugal. Only time will tell how much of an impact he can make at the club.