Algeria head coach Rabah Madjer has predicted a successful spell for Islam Slimani at Newcastle, claiming he “will do very good things.”
The 29-year old striker signed for the Magpies on a short-term loan deal on transfer deadline day last month form Leicester, and Madjer is optimistic about the deal.
Slimani struggled for opportunities under Claudio Ranieri, Craig Shakespeare and Claude Puel at Leciester, despite being a Champions League pedigree striker with Sporting Lisbon.
Now under the tutelage of Rafa Benitez, Madjer is confident the move benefits both Slimani and Newcastle, who are still fighting relegation.
Talking to Record, Madjer said;
He’s a good striker and staying on the bench isn’t good for the head. Slimani is excellent and will do very good things at Newcastle. He may be a talisman.
[Rafa] Benitez has a lot of experience and will be important on a psychological level. Slimani will solve a big part of Newcastle’s problems.
Slimani has yet to make his debut for the Tyneside club due to a thigh strain injury, but he is set to play against Manchester United on Sunday.
He has scored five goals in 17 appearances in all competitions so far this season, before he left the King Power for St James’ Park.