Algerian international Islam Slimani finally made his debut for his new club Newcastle United after coming on as a substitute in their 1-0 win against Huddersfield Town.
The 29-year-old made the move on transfer deadline day at the end of January from Leicester City, but had yet to feature for the Magpies after aggravating a thigh injury in training.
But today he came on in the 75th minute and received a warm welcome from the home fans at St James’ Park as Benitez’s side secured a crucial three points in their bid to stay up in the Premier League.
However, unfortunately for Newcastle, Slimani will be unavailable for their next fixture against Leicester as loan rules mean that the Algerian cannot feature against his parent club.
Slimani was making his second successive substitute appearance this week, after coming off the bench against Iran in Algeria’s 2-1 loss.
Having scored against Huddersfield Town earlier on in the season, Slimani has now been on the winning side against them twice this calendar year.
Newcastle subsequently move up to 12th position in the table, sitting on 35 points. Slimani can now only feature in six more matches for the Toon from now until the end of the current campaign (2017/18).