Player News - Newcastle United

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Forward Islam Slimani is widely expected to make his Newcastle debut in Gameweek 28 against Bournemouth.

The Leicester City forward arrived on loan in a Deadline Day move but has yet to feature for the Magpies due to a minor thigh injury. Rather than risking Slimani in a surprise 1-0 win against Manchester United over the weekend, Benitez said he would rather give Slimani, who is likely to become the club's No. 1 option up top, the next two weeks to build fitness during the FA Cup break before the trip to Bournemouth next Saturday. "He was fine, but he was still feeling it a little bit. It was a case of waiting because we have 15 days now before the next game so we can keep working with him."
Feb 14 - 7:20 PM

Matt Ritchie scored a second half goal to give Newcastle a gritty 1-0 victory over Manchester United at St. James Park on Sunday.

Jose Mourinho doesn't do well at St James Park and the tradition continued in Week 27 as the Magpies went ahead on a Matt Ritchie goal and scrambled and scrapped to keep a clean sheet. The goal was hardly a thing of beauty as Ritchie was the recipient of a rebound that fell nicely to him in the penalty area leaving him with only the task of beating David De Gea to whichever side he chose. He went low to the goalkeeper's left for the only goal of the match. The win took Newcastle United out of the relegation zone with hopes that the high profile win will propel them up the table in the weeks to come.
Source: espn.com
Feb 11 - 11:26 AM

New Newcastle signing Islam Slimani has a chance to make his Magpies debut on Sunday against Manchester United.

The Algerian international is touch and go with a minor thigh injury, but has participated in training for the first time this week since arriving on loan from Leicester City. Slimani has eight Premier League goals to his name, but only one this season. Manager Rafa Benitez said the forward will have one last fitness test before Sunday's match: "We have to see about him. We will see how he feels tomorrow and how fit he is...The others are fine. (Mohamed) Diame is training, Clark is training. He had a knee problem, Slimani was part of the training session on Thursday and part of a session today, so we'll see tomorrow."
Feb 9 - 2:40 PM

Rafa Benitez is cautiously optimistic that the injury suffered by Ciaran Clark on Sunday is not serious.

Newcastle earned a hard-fought draw at Selhurst Park with a back to wall second half performance to keep the Geordies one-point above the drop zone. Having deservedly gone in at the break a goal up, thanks to a neat Mo Diame finish and some slack Palace defending, the Eagles started the second half with a real statement of intent and were it not for some resolute defending the home side could’ve easily won. The Palace waves of attack kept coming and in the 89th minute Wilfried Zaha checked – putting it on a plate for Christian Benteke – but from nowhere Clark came across to block his effort which left the centre-back requiring treatment. "He took a blow to the knee, but I think it's too early for me to say. We have to wait and see, but I don't see it as a big issue," revealed Benitez. Newcastle face Manchester United at St James’ Park in GW27.
Feb 5 - 5:22 AM

Rafa Benitez got his wish with a striker on Deadline Day in a move for Leicester City forward Islam Slimani.

The 29-year-old Algerian international joins on loan for the remainder of the season after making only one Premier League start this season along with recording one goal. Last season, Slimani recorded seven goals and four assists as well as earning Champions League experience. "Slimani is a player with experience in the Premier league, and obviously we were looking for that," manager Rafa Benitez said. "He is a player who can fight with defenders, challenge and score goals. Hopefully he can give us some experience and some different characteristics to the strikers that we have at the moment."
Feb 1 - 2:07 AM

Newcastle was unfortunate to only come away with one point in a 1-1 draw with Burnley at the St. James.

Those two extra points would have seen Newcastle jump Crystal Palace into 13th place, but, leading 1-0 in the 85th minute, Karl Darlow was stuck with an own goal on an unfortunate bounce. From a corner kick, Burnley forward Sam Vokes headed the ball toward goal, which Darlow palmed upwards, off the crossbar and then off his head and into the net. The equalizer cancelled out an opening goal from Jamaal Lascelles after the captain headed in a corner from Newcastle debutant Kenedy in the 65th minute. The draw means Newcastle is winless in its last seven Premier League home matches.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 31 - 5:14 PM

Reports confirm that Newcastle has rejected a bid from fellow relegation candidates Brighton for Aleksandar Mitrovic.

The Serbian forward has been adamant about leaving the club with a lack of playing time hindering his chance at playing in the World Cup this summer. "My patience is almost to the end," Mitrovic said at the end of last year. "I want to play. I want to be on the pitch. If you want to do something there (at the World Cup), you have to be ready. If I want to be ready, I have to play games and to be on the pitch scoring goals." But Brighton's bid failed to hit Newcastle's £15 million asking price as the Magpies look to fund a move for another striker. The club saw its £12 million bid for Feyenoord forward Nicolai Jorgensen rejected while also showing interest in Leicester City's Islam Slimani.
Jan 25 - 2:11 PM

Chelsea youngster Kenedy has joined Newcastle United on loan until the end of the season.

The 21-year-old will spend the rest of the campaign with Newcastle for what will be his second loan spell since moving to Stamford Bridge from Fluminense in August 2015. The left-sided midfielder spent time on loan at Watford last season, but was recalled early because he wasn't seeing enough playing time. Kenedy made five starts for Antonio Conte this season, all in cup competitions, and will now aim to see more regular first time football under Rafa Benitez. Said Benitez: "Kenedy is a player that we have been following since the summer. The reason we are interested is that he can play in several positions – as a winger, a wing back and also as an offensive left full back, so he gives the team many options."
Jan 23 - 4:10 PM

Newcastle couldn't do anything but watch Sergio Aguero at his finest in a 3-1 loss to Manchester City at the Etihad.

Aguero ended the day on 16 goals after scoring all three of City's goals, starting in the 34th minute and then scoring a second in the 63rd. But Jacob Murphy added some drama to the game with a goal in the 67th minute, the first Premier League goal of his career. Ciaran Clark came away with the ball in his own half and sent a through ball to Murphy. The former Norwich City winger sped away, in behind the defense, and chipped Ederson for the goal. But Aguero added one more goal in the final 10 minutes to seal the deal for City.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 20 - 9:14 PM

Leicester City striker Islam Slimani has emerged as a transfer target of Turkish club Besiktas.

Islam became Leicester's club-record signing after signing for £28m from Sporting Lisbon following the title-winning season of 2015/16. However, the striker has failed to cement a starting place since his arrival and could be headed for an exit just 18 months later. According to reports, Besiktas President, Fikret Orman, is keen on the Algeria international and was in attendance at the King Power Stadium on Tuesday to watch Slimani play against Fleetwood Town in the FA Cup. Though Leicester are yet to comment on a potential move, it's believed the club would be willing to listen to offers for Slimani as well as fellow striker Leonardo Ulloa.
Jan 17 - 2:02 PM

Jesus Gamez is nearing a return to action after stepping up his recovery from ankle surgery.

The Spaniard has struggled since his arrival from Atletico Madrid two seasons ago starting just three league games, while his time on Tyneside has been hampered by injury. The latest being a setback in November, which left Gamez requiring surgery to remedy an ankle complaint. However, the 32-year-old is not far away of being in contention having stepped up his recovery over the past few days. "We have Florian Lejeune, Jesus Gamez and Aleksandar Mitrovic all running," said Rafa Benitez. "Mitro is getting close and we will see [but] Gamez will take more time." This weekend will come too soon for the injured trio, however, with Newcastle due to travel to either Chelsea or Norwich in the fourth round of the FA Cup at the end of this month, the United boss may take the opportunity to give some of his fringe players some much-needed minutes ahead of the relegation dogfight.
Jan 16 - 4:37 PM

Newcastle responded to a home deficit with a quick equalizer in a 1-1 draw with Swansea City on Saturday.

After Swansea City took the lead in the 60th minute, Newcastle answered right back in the 68th behind a goal from second-half substitute Joselu. The Spanish forward has struggled for playing time this season but showed up when he was needed most, taking a deflected shot from Ayoze Perez and smashing it across his body into the bottom corner of the net from a harsh angle to take a point from an evenly fought match to see the club jump Brighton into 14th place.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 13 - 12:17 PM

Newcastle starters Rob Elliot and Jamaal Lascelles are fit for the weekend match, according to Rafa Benitez.

The manager welcomed his No. 1 keeper and club captain back following minor injuries. Lascelles left the club's match last weekend with a groin injury but is fit to face Swansea tomorrow. Elliot, who has missed a couple games with a thigh problem, is not guaranteed a start with Karl Darlow impressing in the last few matches. Said Benitez: "We're without Gamez, Lejeune and Mitrovic, who has been running today. These three are not available. The others are available. It’s important for us (to have Lascelles back). He has scored some important goals. He's the captain and leader, and he's been working very hard."
Jan 13 - 3:24 AM

Freddie Woodman looks set to continue as back-up following the news that Rob Elliot is expected to be sidelined for a few more weeks.

The Newcastle goalkeeper picked up a thigh injury during the 1-0 home defeat by Man City, and although initial reports suggested the problem was only minor, it could be February before the Republic of Ireland international is back in action. "Elliot will be out for a couple of weeks, that is my feeling," revealed Rafa Benitez prior to the third-round clash with Luton. "It could a little less or it could be a little more." His absence ensures Karl Darlow will continue to deputise while Woodman, who made his competitive debut in the FA Cup last weekend and had been linked with a loan move in January, will provide cover in the league. Benitez also went onto reveal that Aleksandar Mitrovic [back] "is getting closer" although he failed to give any indication on when Florian Lejeune foot] and Jesus Gamez [ankle surgery] would be back.
Jan 10 - 3:25 AM

Ayoze Perez gifted Newcastle with a massive three points in a 1-0 away win at Stoke City to start 2018 on the right foot.

The Spaniard has played on and off throughout the season but started on Monday and repaid Rafa Benitez's trust with the only goal of the game. After a deadlock through most of the match, Newcastle found its moment in the 73rd minute with Jacob Murphy bursting down the right past defenders until he shot a cross into the box right to the feet of Perez, who put enough power on it to get past Jack Butland's save. The win moves the Magpies all the way up into 13th place on their second straight clean sheet.
Source: NBC Sports
Jan 1 - 12:04 PM


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