Newcastle United were in desperate need of some attacking firepower during the January transfer window, and they managed to get their wish right at the death.
On deadline day, the North-East outfit completed the signing of Islam Slimani from Leicester City on loan until the end of the season.
The Algeria international struggled for regular game time at the King Power Stadium in the first half of the campaign.
In fact, the 29-year-old started just two Premier League matches and came off the bench in a further 10, scoring one goal and creating one assist.
Slimani, who was also linked to West Ham United, will have to wait to make an impact at St James’ Park as he is expected to be sidelined for a period of time due to injury.
On Friday, the club revealed that the forward will wear the number 13 shirt, which sparked some interesting reactions from fans on Twitter.
Unlucky number that 😬
— Mark Ruz (@RuzMark) February 2, 2018
The new custodian to @steveharper37 old number, hope he serves it as well as harps did
— Michael Jarvie (@Jarvie_NUFC) February 2, 2018
Unlucky for some! #nufc
— Raymond Anderson (@celticlad19533) February 2, 2018
so that he can score 13 goals between now and end of season? Not a bad no!
— Naved Mohammad Khan (@greatnavi) February 2, 2018
13 goals B4 season end to keep us up……😎😎😎😎
— Kanga Roosey (@OOOareya) February 2, 2018
Unlucky for some (fingers crossed the oppo…..)
— M Wilko (@MrMWilko) February 2, 2018
The number of goals he is going to score for the TOON!
— Harry Bellew (@harrybellew) February 2, 2018
crumbs 13 hope its no omen
— Kevin Elgar (@kelgar1405) February 2, 2018
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