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£10M For This Player This Summer Could Be A Good Deal

4:06 pm, Wednesday, February 3rd, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 18 Comments

There’s news from Sky Italia today that the loan fee Newcastle are paying for 28 year-old Seydou Doumbia is £500K and there’s an option to buy the Ivory Coast International and the figure  for that in the loan contract is said to be a cool £10M.

Seydou is a bit old for a player Newcastle would want to sign in the summer, but we suppose the good news is that he only turned 28 on December 31st, so he still has a decent four years at least left in football at the top level.

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Seydou Doumbia – 28 year-old natural goalscorer

Yes – that’s a lot of money – however – it could turn out to be a decent deal for Newcastle if Seydou scores some goals for us this season and helps save our Premier League status.

Roma paid €14.4M for him a year ago and that’s about £10.9M with today’s exchange rate – so it seems a reasonable enough fee from Roma.

He comes across as quite a character since he signed for Newcastle and of course said all the right things – and he just has to start scoring some goals and the fans will love him.

They love anybody who can score goals for us – especially this season and in tin our time when we need – when we have only 25 goals in 23 league games – the 3rd worst in the Premier league – even Sunderland have scored 3 more goals than that.

That’s how bad it is.


Since he joined BSC Young Boys in Switzerland in July, 2009 from Japanese club Tokushima Vortis,  he has played for the Swiss club, CSKA Moscow and Roma a total of 243 times and scored 155 goals with 63 assists.

So that’s a good record and you don’t score that many goals in any league if you are not a natural goalscorer.

If Seydou can get anywhere near that record in the remaining league games for Newcastle he could be a steal in the summer.

Don’t forget the transfer fees will start to rocket up this summer because of the new £5.1B Premier League TV rights deal – so £10M may look like chicken-feed in the summer.

We saw some of that in January – mainly from Newcastle – who were willing to pay a massive £24M for West Brom striker Saido Berahino.

It’s really up to Seydou to prove he can score goals in the Premier League for Newcastle – and he will certainly be motivated to do just that.

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18 responses so far ↓

  • 1 mattyNUFC // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:11 PM

    ancient C

    agreed. cabs is overrated if im honest. when he was injured and guthrie took his place in cabs first year with us, i thought it was criminal guthrie lost his spot (based on current form, mind). thatwas the one patch DG played to his potential ans cabs was pretty crap then

  • 2 mattyNUFC // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    feel good about this match. hope saivet can show what he’s all about too

    3-1 to the toon

  • 3 manxpie // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Luke exactly people who don’t take circumstances into consideration and there’s a hell of a lot of them in football can’t say there point is proven

  • 4 mattyNUFC // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:13 PM

    mind, i think this is the closest pre-match poll ever

  • 5 geordieboy83 // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:15 PM

    Jayphoto and lukes have about the right balance regarding pardew I think.

    The bloke replaced the extremely likeable hughton, and unfortunately was polar opposite in terms of likeability. Pardew alienated players which always seemed to be the ones the fans liked, had double standards for example Ben arfa was punished for not much where as cabaye refused to play but Alan had his tongue planted so far between yohans backside he was tickling his gooch with his tongue.

    He blamed the fans and never saw his own shortcomings, I can forgive any man who at least has the ability to be a little bit humble, despite there abject failures, but standin by your own inadequacies with no room for criticism is just shallow, stubborn and down right childish. I expect better from my 3 year old.

    Would just like to add though who gives a sh1t about this one upmanship on this blog, people liked pardew, people didn’t, who cares. He ain’t here, let it lie. Tuff and rotonda both are very good contributors imo but again stop with the bellyaching bull crap. Tuff leave jib to it, it looks daft just jumping on everything he talks about, just chat about footy mate makes for more interesting reading.

    P.s think we will lose tonight people I think are forgetting how potent Everton can be and how categorically crap we tend to be at goodison

  • 6 Jib // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:16 PM

    Ed don’t mention those 3 goals for the Mackems .
    They were scored when Colo was sent off at the SoS

  • 7 mattyNUFC // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    sorry for the posts. very excited for this match and to see how this team might click.

    if macca can’t do the job in the next 5-8 matches, surely he deserves the sack. cannot fault ashley’s lack of spending these past two windows, regardless of his shortcomings and past destructiveness. this is clearly macca’s team now*

    *ESPECIALLY taking into account we lost out on our first three LB targets as they were all informed they’d be back-up to dummet. *face palm*

  • 8 jayphoto // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:17 PM

    Doumbia is such an intriguing signing! Can’t wait to see how he does! Im very apprehensive, he looks about 58 and I never believe he is only just turned 28! Also apparently from stuff I’ve read he never trains and picks up niggles and injuries like no ones business.
    His international form is shocking, but his league and European form for CSKA is outstanding! I’ve never seen him play other than for Ivory Coast, anyone got an opinion??
    If worst comes to worst, at least our fifa teams will tear it up for 6 months!

  • 9 geordieboy83 // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:18 PM

    On topic

    I said a week or so ago I honestly believe this lad is the best striker since shearer. He’s a machine and cost me a new controller whilst playing against him on Fifa haha

  • 10 Take A Chancel On Me // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:18 PM


    I wasn’t just referring to the Shearer incident, I thought Gullit was poor in general

  • 11 Barton // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:23 PM

    Reading the convo over the Goalkeeping dept,am i right in thinking Elliott’s contract is up this summer ?

  • 12 mattyNUFC // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:24 PM


    his contract was extended under the radar this summer i believe. along with dummet’s

  • 13 Tsunki // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:25 PM

    Jeff is getting a bit of a rash because he’s expecting a landslide of ‘told you so’ comments but what did he expect? All the Pardew lovers have been telling us since he left that the Pardew Out Mob/crew/gang/rabble/crowd/throng/etc were wrong and he was no more than an average Manager but not as bad as we made out nauseum…. when all we wanted to do was forget about the toe rag.

  • 14 mattyNUFC // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:27 PM


    in fariness their were just as many anti-pardewers who kept on about him. catchy, gorgonzola to name a few

  • 15 lukes26 // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:27 PM


    It’s easier and more comfortable for people to follow lock step with what is ‘conventional’

  • 16 Barton // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Cheers m8,think its an area we need to buy,lost all confidence in Krul last season.

  • 17 Mister Tuff // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    rechecking the rules for Doumbia – initially thought it was 75% of Ivory Coasts games he had to play – forgot they changed the system.
    Based on their standing of 19th in the world the % of their games he has to play in the last 2 years is 45% – I presume he has played sufficient games

  • 18 Tsunki // Feb 3, 2016 at 4:35 PM

    This is always a good deal, try before you buy, if he’s good we get a fixed price deal ( I assume unless there are any exotic clauses in his options) and if he bombs, then it’s Sayonara Doumbia-San and thanks for the effort.

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