Of all the clubs in the Premier League, Newcastle United were perhaps the most desperate to get some business done on deadline day. With Mike Ashley’s attempts to sell the club taking longer than anticipated, the January transfer window was a nervy time for the Magpies, mainly because they didn’t know how much money, if any, they would be able to spend.
Luckily they did manage to complete a few deals before the deadline, including bringing Islam Slimani in on loan from Leicester, according to BBC Sport. The striker should help add goals to Rafa Benitez’s side, something they have beens struggling with this season having scored just 23 times in 25 league games.
Business was essentially a necessity of Newcastle if they wanted to stay in the Premier League for next season. They currently sit 14th, just one point above the drop zone, and will likely be involved in a fierce battle for survival.
While the addition of Slimani will be welcome, the Algerian international has actually only registered a single goal and assist in 12 Premier League appearances during this campaign. He could however receive more of a run a consistent game time in the North East, which should see his numbers improve.