Islam Slimani made his first start for Newcastle United tonight at Goodison Park in their 1-0 loss to Everton, in his third appearance for the Magpies.
The Algerian, who scored on his last visit at Everton’s ground last season for Leicester City, was making his first start under Rafa Benitez since signing on loan from the Foxes in January.
Slimani started off brightly, playing some intelligent passes to his team-mates as Newcastle looked to try and hit the Toffees on the counter.
The best chance of the first half could have led to a Slimani goal, if it was not for a shocking pass by Ayoze Perez that failed to feed the 29-year-old through on goal in the 38th minute of the match.
In the second half, Sam Allardyce’s side took the lead after 51 minutes with an emphatic finish by Theo Walcott that was blasted into the back of the net.
Slimani was then substituted in the 63rd minute to be replaced by Dwight Gayle; the player that he had replaced in the original starting line-up.
Everton and Newcastle both remain in the top half of the Premier League table, and have avoided relegation and secured survival for next season in the top tier of English football.