Injury nightmare pushes Slimani close as 18-cap figure heads top-five worst Newcastle loan flops


It is fair to say that Islam Slimani has suffered something of a nightmare with injury since arriving at Newcastle United during the January transfer window.

The Algerian was meant to be the hitman who fired the Magpies to Premier League safety after leaving Leicester City temporarily, but a groin strain means he is yet to feature for the club, in what is quickly developing into a flop of a move.

After the success of fellow January arrivals Kenedy and Martin Dubravka, also on loan, the 29-year-old forward has seven Premier League games to rescue himself or be judged among some abysmal company when it comes to failed loan signings.

The Magpies have had a knack of picking out the very worst temporary captures in recent years, despite the players sounding pretty good on paper, and every game that Slimani misses pushes him ever closer to breaking the top five.

For now though, he remains off the list, as Football Insider picks out the most disastrous loan signings from the past, including one man who somehow managed to pick up 18 caps for his country.

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Click below to find out who sits fifth in our top five worst Newcastle United loanees…