Artem Dzyuba is the exact type of player Newcastle wanted in Slimani

(L-R) Artem Dzyuba, Sergey Ignashevich, Aleksandr Golovin and Mario Fernandes of Russia celebrate during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at...

Leicester City striker Islam Slimani flopped during his half-season loan term at Newcastle United.

Artem Dzyuba of Russia is challenged by Omar Othman of Saudi Arabia during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018...

Newcastle United manager Rafa Benitez recruited the services of Leicester City striker Islam Slimani on loan during the January transfer window, and to say that the Algerian international flopped is an understatement.

The 29-year-old former Porto hitman failed to shake off a thigh injury for two months, and a three-match ban for violent conduct after an off-the-ball incident with West Bromwich Albion's Craig Dawson also limited him to just four goalless Premier League appearances.

While Slimani was not expected to have done much in 131 minutes, he clearly did not impress Benitez and has since returned to Leicester.

Newcastle are in search of another striker, and their scouts could be keeping an eye on one or two players at this summer's World Cup.

The tournament kicked off on Thursday, with Russia thrashing Saudi Arabia 5-0, and one of the stars of the game was Zenit St. Petersburg star Artem Dzyuba.

Artem Dzyuba of Russia celebrates with Stanislav Cherchesov, Head Coach of Russia after scoring his team's third goal  during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia...

The Arsenal Tula loanee came off the bench on the 70th minute, but still managed to grab a goal and an assist, highlighting why he could be the exact player Benitez was looking for all along in Slimani.

At 6ft 5in, Dzyuba is a solid aerial threat - demonstrated by the header he scored - and his ability to drop to midfield and help launch attacks also underlined his overall work-rate.

Given the physicality of the Premier League, there is no doubt the Russian international would thrive and constantly give defenders nightmares given his huge presence in the box.

Dzyuba is an excellent finisher and great passer and, with 117 goals in 353 appearances for five clubs over 12 seasons, he brings enough experience and goal-scoring pedigree to the table.

Newcastle need such a striker up front next term and, while Slimani failed with the task, Dzyuba could excel and hit the ground running at St. James' Park if a move is made for him this summer.

Artem Dzyuba of Russia scores his sides third goal during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia Group A match between Russia and Saudi Arabia at Luzhniki Stadium on June 14, 2018 in Moscow,...

Russia play Uruguay and Egypt next as they look to advance to the knockout stages from World Cup Group A and, should the giant of a striker perform against stronger opponents, he would have successfully shown he is capable of playing in the Premier League in the process.

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