Islam Slimani expecting fight for Newcastle place

Islam Slimani expecting fight for Newcastle place
Islam Slimani

by Austin Ditlhobolo

Monday Feb 19, 2018. 12:00

Algerian striker Islam Slimani says he expects a fight to win a place in the Newcastle United starting line-up, despite being the club’s big-name January signing.

The 29-year-old Fennec Foxes striker has yet to play for the Magpies following his loan move from Leicester City, but it is believed he will be fit for this coming weekend’s Premier League clash against Bournemouth.

Slimani has competition for the centre-forward role, with United already having Dwight Gayle, Joselu and Ayoza Perez in their squad.

“I like to play regularly. That’s what my aim is and that’s what I have always wanted to do,” Slimani told the Chronicle.

“I am going to fight for my place and be able to play as much as possible. Football is my passion and I want to show what I can do.”

He added, “The most important thing for me is to win games, that comes before me scoring personally or personal glory.

“No matter who scores the most important thing is to win. Obviously, I want to get goals as quickly as possible but points come first.”

The Algerian enjoyed a prolific spell in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon before his 2016 move to Leicester, and is hopeful to get back to his regular scoring form.

“I played in Portugal first and I learned so much out there.

“It put me in good stead to come and play in the Premier League and I now feel ready.

“It is a big dream for me to play in the Premier League. For me and my family it is a very proud moment to play for a club like Newcastle United.

“Everybody in Algeria is very, very proud of me. The people there are following my career.”

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