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‘Hat trick incoming’ – Leicester City fans love Brendan Rodgers’ Islam Slimani decision – Leicestershire Live

‘Hat trick incoming’ – Leicester City fans love Brendan Rodgers’ Islam Slimani decision – Leicestershire Live

Islam Slimani will be staying at Leicester City until at least January.

The Algerian striker had looked likely to move on from the King Power Stadium during the summer transfer window, having spent the last two seasons out on loan.

Slimani has completed temporary moves to Newcastle United, Fenerbahce and, most recently, Monaco. The striker impressed in France last season, netting nine goals in 18 Ligue 1 appearances.

Leicester were thought to be willing to let Slimani leave this summer, but a move never materialised.

That has led to calls for the 32-year-old to be drafted back into the first-team fold at the King Power Stadium, having yet not kicked a ball under the stewardship of Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers.

Reports earlier in the month suggested that Slimani has been included in the Premier League squad for the current season.

Rodgers has since suggested that is the case.

“He’s not featured so much over the course of pre-season and the early season, because my thinking was that he would end up going out. But I had it in my mind that if he didn’t go out, he can certainly be someone who could come into our squad. That’s how it’s evolved,” Rodgers said in his pre-match press conference on Friday.

“He’s not going out on loan, and he’s someone I happily welcome in, because it’s going to be a real demand for all of the players, so to have quality players is important.”

And that decision has gone down well with City fans on social media.

Slimani could be given the chance to make his impact quickly, with a possible appearance coming in the Premier League game against Aston Villa.

First-choice striker Jamie Vardy is an injury doubt after suffering a calf problem in training.

That will mean that Kelechi Iheanacho is likely to replace the talisman should he not be fit to feature, leaving a place in the squad for Slimani to take.

The Algerian’s last appearance in a Leicester shirt came in a 2-0 FA Cup win over Fleetwood Town in January 2018.

He has played a total of 46 games for City, scoring 13 goals and providing a further seven assists.

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