Newcastle United's surprise 1-0 home defeat to West Bromwich Albion handed Rafael Benitez a second defeat in a row – and it it appears to have been the final game for one Magpies player.
Not only have Newcastle been left to reflect on losing to the Premier League's bottom club, but they now have to deal with a major impact on Islam Slimani's future with the club.
The Algerian striker only played 25 minutes against West Brom as a substitute, but managed to get himself in hot water having been spotted kicking out at Baggies defender Craig Dawson.
The FA have today confirmed that Slimani has been charged with violent conduct, and if found guilty, he will be banned for three games – which would bring his Newcastle career to an end.
Slimani, a deadline day loan signing in January from Leicester City, was supposed to arrive to score goals, but made just one start and three substitute appearances in an injury-hit spell.
Now, with his final Newcastle game seemingly already played, Magpies fans have taken to Twitter to call the situation an 'utter shambles' having seen another loan striker struggle, whilst also blasting Benitez's decision to loan Aleksandar Mitrovic to Fulham and sign Slimani in his place.
Well Slimani was a brilliant signing. Get rid of Mitro who scores 12 goals. Sign a crock who plays 4 times doesn’t score then gets banned #NUFC canny one— J' (@questy88) April 30, 2018
What a waste of time and money Slimani was. Got rid of a goalscorer in Mitrovic because Benitez didn't trust him. How ironic. #NUFC— Robert Brown (@rbrown172) April 30, 2018
What is it with us and horrific loan strikers? Slimani has to be up there with Luuk De Jong, Doumbia, Ferrerya etc. Utter shambles #NUFC— Ryan (@RyMorris95) April 30, 2018
Islam Slimani was a big waste of time nee goals and now he's got himself banned hoy him back to Leicester and get Mitrovic back #nufc— David Hill (@Geordiedave81) April 30, 2018
Where does Islam Slimani rank amongst the hugely disappointing strikers #NUFC have signed through the years? Just ahead of Seydou Doumbia but behind Stephane Guivarc'h.— Jake Oliver (@jolivernyc) April 30, 2018
Slimani getting banned is for the best, even if he played (& played well) in the remaining 3 games it wouldn't have been enough to justify the money needed for a permanent transfer - but we would still have wanted to keep him because of the "potential" #NUFC— Barry Blakely (@BarryBlakely) April 30, 2018
Got to feel for Slimani. Hampered by injury then had no time at all to hit the ground running. Looked unfit which was no surprise and i think he was trying "too" hard to impress. Hope he gets a move somewhere and does well. Still played a small part in our survival #NUFC— Nikos Mantalios (@Nikos_NUFC) April 30, 2018
Think shefki kuqi has a bigger impact at #NUFC than Islam Slimani— NUFC Belfast (@BelfastNUFC) April 30, 2018
Disappointed that Slimani has been a flop, had high hopes but he’s now just another example of how not to approach a transfer window. I wonder how much we paid for 180 minutes of football? #NUFC— Waffle F.C. (@JimmyWaff) April 30, 2018
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