The Algerian target man scored just eight Premier League goals for the Foxes and an ill-fated loan spell at Newcastle United in the second half of last season is better off forgotten. 131 minutes and zero goals is hardly a stellar record after all.
But, if reports are to be believed, this has not stopped Aston Villa from potentially taking a punt on Slimani. According to Ajansspor, Villa are hoping to snap up the 30-year-old, who is still a Leicester player but currently on loan at Fenerbahce.
On paper, Slimani does not exactly look a perfect fit for a Dean Smith side who prefer to keep the ball on the ground. But the 2014 World Cup star could well have the perfect skill set for the second tier of English football.
After all, he is a real penalty box predator; an old-fashioned battering ram of a forward who is terrific in the air. He can be prolific in a side that plays to his strengths, too, scoring 31 times in his final season at Sporting Lisbon in 2015/16.
And Villa might have the personnel to help Slimani rediscover his golden touch. Connor Hourihane is a terrific set-piece taker while, in Yannick Bolasie, Anwar El Ghazi and Jack Grealish, Smith has three wingers who can put a ball on a sixpence.
In an intense and physical division, Slimani’s presence and power could give Aston Villa a fearsome option.
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