Former Newcastle Players Find Loan Moves In Hopes Of First-Team Football

A couple of former Newcastle players have moved on loan in pursuit of first-team football. Fraser Forster has moved back to Celtic on a season-long loan with an option to buy.

Forster joined Celtic permanently from Newcastle in 2012 after spending two years on loan there. He came through the Newcastle Academy and was born in Hexham. He, however, never made a first-team appearance for Newcastle. Forster came through the ranks at the same as Tim Krul, which limited his opportunities.

The thirty-one-year-old has not played much football since losing his place to Alex McCarthy in 2017. With the emergence of Angus Gunn, he has found himself as third-choice at St Marys.

This is an excellent opportunity for Fraser to get his career back on track at Celtic. He will battle it out with Scott Bain for first-team football. Former Sunderland goalkeeper Craig Gordon is also at the club. Forster has made 197 appearances for Celtic in his career.

Islam Slimani has joined AS Monaco on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy.

Slimani joined Newcastle on loan during the winter transfer window in 2018. However, a thigh strain limited him to just 4 appearances.

He has had trouble getting first-team football at Leicester City since joining them for around £25m three years ago. Slimani has only made 46 total appearances for Leicester with 13 goals and 7 assists. He spent last season on loan at Fenerbahce.

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