Islam Slimani's Newcastle comments prove that he gets it

Leicester City's Algerian striker Islam Slimani vies with Leeds United's Swedish defender Pontus Jansson (L) during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Leicester...

Islam Slimani joined Newcastle United from Leicester City on a half-season loan.

Leicester City's Algerian striker Islam Slimani (L) heads the ball from Huddersfield Town's Danish defender Mathias Jorgensen during the English Premier League football match between...

Islam Slimani has suggested to The Chronicle that he does not care about "personal glory" so long as Newcastle United survive their relegation battle and stay in the Premier League.

The Algeria international was one of three players to join Newcastle on loan last month but arguably the most high profile of the lot, considering he cost Leicester City a record £29 million only 18 months ago.

The 29-year-old arrives into a relegation-threatened Magpies side who sit only two points above the drop zone.

Leicester City's Algerian forward Islam Slimani (L) challenges West Bromwich Albion's Egyptian defender Ahmed Hegazy (R) during the 2017 Premier League Asia Trophy football match between...

Dwight Gayle and Joselu have managed only seven Premier League goals between them all season long, so there is pressure on Slimani - who hasn't played yet due to injury - to score the goals which lead them to safety.

But the man himself has suggested that although he wants to score goals, the focus for him is ensuring that Rafael Benitez's side remain a Premier League team beyond May.

“The most important thing for me is to win games, that comes before me scoring personally or personal glory," he told The Chronicle.

Leicester City's Algerian striker Islam Slimani (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring their second goal during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Leicester...

“No matter who scores the most important thing is to win. Obviously, I want to get goals as quickly as possible but points come first.”

Slimani's comments show that he has the right attitude to play for Newcastle.

He has a point to prove, having only scored 13 times for Leicester in all competitions since his big-money move, but it seems that his main priority is for United to stay in the top flight and Benitez needs that sort of selflessness. The Spaniard needs players who see the bigger picture and if those comments are anything to go by, he has found one in Slimani.

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