Forward Islam Slimani has denied his loan spells at Newcastle and Fenerbahce were failures, attributing his lack of success to bad luck.
The 32-year-old spent the second half of the 2017-18 campaign on loan with the Magpies. He was ruled out for two months with a thigh injury after arriving at St James’ Park.
The Algerian international then made only one start in the top flight of four appearances and failed to score a goal. He was suspended for the last three games of the season after an off-the-ball incident with West Brom’s Craig Dawson.
Fans wondered why Rafa Benitez bothered to sign the African. He contributed very little and returned to parent club Leicester City in the summer of 2018.
Slimani joined the Foxes for £ 28million in August 2016, as they headed into the new season as Premier League champions. But he fell short of expectations, scoring just eight goals in 35 top-level appearances.
He moved to Turkey in August 2018, signing a one-season loan with Fenerbahce. The former Sporting striker has scored five goals in 25 appearances in all competitions, having made just 15 league appearances.
He made a name for himself with the Portuguese club, scoring 27 league goals in 33 appearances in 2015-16. But it seems to have been the culmination of an unfinished career.
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Another loan period with Monaco followed. But, despite nine goals in 18 Ligue 1 matches, he was not offered a permanent mandate.
Manchester United were linked at the time but nothing materialized. The Algerian leader was back at King Power Stadium in the summer of 2020.
He has played 19 minutes of championship football in the first half of this season. And his tortuous period in the East Midlands finally came to an end when Lyon offered him a permanent contract in January of this year.
Slimani may have been a bright prospect five years ago, but is now clearly a fading light. And he chose to blame everything but himself for his lack of success lately.
“As normally as possible. I went to Newcastle for six months and had four injured, ”he told BeIN Sports (via Sports witness). “People say it’s a failure. No. I didn’t play because I was injured. Afterwards, with Fenerbahce, I arrived, it was good, there was a manager who trusted me, played me.
“Then one morning they told me I couldn’t train with us because I was on loan and wouldn’t be there next year.
“I had offers to start in January, but they stopped me. It was me and Yassine Benzia. For me, the only mistake I made was going to Turkey ”.
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