Steve McClaren seems very pleased when we announced 28 year-old Seydou Doumbia of AS Roma on loan for the rest of the season, and it gives us a player who has shown throughout his career he can score goals – especially in Switzerland for Young Boys and in Russia for CSKA Moscow.
Seydou Doumbia – a natural goalscorer
Seydou has not played for a couple of months because the Russian Premier League started its winter break in early December, so he will be short of match practice.
But we should see him come on in the next couple of games to get some playing time in the game on Wednesday at Everton and at home against West Brom on Saturday.
Those are two vital upcoming games for Newcastle.
This is what Steve McClaren has said on the Newcastle web-site today about our new loan signing:
“With Papiss Cisse currently out injured and Emmanuel Riviere only just coming back, the burden has fallen on Mitro and Ayo to lead the line for us.”
“They have done a great job but we have brought in another forward to give them some help.” “It is no secret that we have been looking to add to our options in the striking area.”
“We have been searching for a forward and were delighted when the opportunity arose to take Seydou on loan.” “He is a natural goalscorer, someone who has done it in the Champions League and he has played at the highest level.”
“I watched the Champions Leagues games he played against Manchester City and Manchester United, and he looked a very good player.”
“He’s someone who plays on the shoulder of defenders, runs in behind and gets on the end of things. We have been looking for that type, and so are delighted to have Seydou on board.”
While at Young Boys for a couple of seasons from 2008 he scored 58 goals and 21 assists in 79 appearances and at CSKA Moscow over almost five seasons he has 95 goals and 42 assists in 150 games.
His overall record is 276 games played with 163 goals scored and 63 assists.
We need Seydou to start scoring for Newcastle just as soon as possible – we think he’s a (very) good signing for us.
And if he does well – measured by the number of goals he can score for us in the final 15 games of the season – he could sign permanently for Newcastle in the summer.
What do you think?