Newcastle fans unhappy with Slimani selection

Newcastle fans are absolutely furious with Islam Slimani after the striker joined up with the Algeria squad for international duty.

Slimani has not had a particularly successful stint in England; the 29 year-old joined Leicester for a big fee in 2016 but failed to form the partnership many hoped he would form with Jamie Vardy.

Newcastle fans might have been hoping for a similar type of partnership to form between Slimani and Dwight Gayle, but Slimani is yet to kick a ball for Newcastle since his loan move in January.

The 56-cap striker joined in January for the rest of the season, and it could have been a win-win. Slimani scores the goals to revive his Premier League career, and keeps Newcastle up in the process. This hasn’t happened though, as a thigh injury has stopped the Algerian international from getting involved.

After training separately from the group at Newcastle’s warm weather training camp last week, Slimani has joined up with the Algeria squad for their friendlies against Tanzania and Iran, and Rafa Benitez doesn’t sound too pleased about it.

“What we have to do and what we want to do is be sure that he’s fit. If he can play with the national team a little bit, that is a risk, because he’s not playing for us,” Benitez said.

“But if they decide to play him, it is because he will be fit. Hopefully, he won’t have any problems. It is something we know we cannot control.”

Fans have been reacting to the news on Twitter, and some of the best reactions can be found below…