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

5. Stephen Ireland

Signed from: Aston Villa – Appearances: 2 – Goals: 0

A deadline day signing during the 2011 January window, like Slimani, Ireland arrived at St James’ Park carrying an injury, which limited his playing time to a total of 48 minutes from two substitute appearances.

This was meant to be a deal which could have been turned permanent but his lack of playing time, which culminated in him picking up an ankle injury and returning to Villa, as well as some off-the-pitch controversy, meant it was never going to work out.

Had it not been for injury, he could well have made something of himself on Tyneside, and is currently plying his trade with Stoke City.

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