Islam Slimani could well be returning to Leicester

Islam Slimani, Leicester City (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images)
Islam Slimani, Leicester City (Photo by James Williamson - AMA/Getty Images) /

Foxes of Leicester explains the fairly complex situation of Algerian striker Islam Slimani. The forward hasn’t featured for Leicester City for nearly two and a half years.

I’m sure my opinion of exiled Leicester City striker Islam Slimani isn’t a solitary one: he isn’t a bad player who scored some important goals for the Foxes. In addition, he didn’t get enough time alone as a target man; but was rather labored, lacklustre and, occasionally, a bit lazy with regards to off the ball running etc.

All in all, if it wasn’t for the key status and prowess of Jamie Vardy, Slimani may have been a 15-20 goal-a-season forward. In a good campaign. With much effort. If the Algerian was under a top manager such as Brendan Rodgers.

Alas, none of that is really the case: essentially Slimani is not needed on Filbert Way. No disrespect intended. Rodgers himself has made it clear that his current player is surplus to Leicester’s requirements. Despite the fact that the former has been ‘on fire’ for Monaco this term with 16 goal involvements in 18 matches.

Although, according to Leicester Mercury, Monaco will not “enact” the option to buy their loanee; that cost would’ve apparently been only £8 million. A disappointing figure – when you think Slimani cost Leicester a reported £30m.

It is unlikely that the Fox will be offered another contract at Leicester; his current deal ends in just under a year. Therefore the King Power outfit desire a January sale – at the very latest.

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Sport Witness quote Slimani as being unsure about his career trajectory, and preferring to stay in the principality. Though that is unlikely with the French top-flight, Ligue 1, canceled. The most likely outcome is that of Slimani now returning to Leicestershire. But for how long?