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Newcastle Will Not Be Signing This Striker In Summer

3:18 pm, Thursday, March 24th, 2016 by Dr. Ed Harrison · 64 Comments

It was interesting that with Papiss Cisse fit again for Sunday’s derby game, on-loan striker Seydou Doumbia did not even make the bench on against Sunderland and while we had great hopes he could score some goals for the club in the run-in this season – it doesn’t look like he is impressing in training at Newcastle.

Couple that with news today in the Italian media that Newcastle will not exercise the clause in his loan contract that says we will automatically sign him for around €22M (£17.3M) if he plays 10 games for Newcastle – because he will not be given those 10 appearances for Newcastle.

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Seydou Doumbia – not impressing on Tyneside

Seydou has made three appearances for the first team so far and at Stoke he almost scored in stoppage time on his debut, when Jack Butland made a great save from the Ivory Coast International after some good work down the left wing by Jonjo Shelvey.

Il Messaggero have reported today that his club AS Roma expect Doumbia to return to Italy at the end of the season and he will not become a Newcastle player after not impressing at the Tyneside club.

When Doumbia arrived on loan at the end if January he hadn’t played for about two months – and the 28 year-old striker wasn’t physically fit and he certainly wasn’t match fit.

It doesn’t look like the last seven weeks or so on Tyneside have made much difference and seemingly we will not take up the option to buy him in the summer.

It could even be that new manager Rafa Benitez has made that decision since he arrived – and with all our four permanent strikers now fit – Mitrovic, Perez, Cisse and Riviere – it seems Rafs will use the four of them in the final eight games of the season.

Seydou is currently on International duty for the Ivory Coast.

Of the four players we signed in the January transfer window, including defensive midfielder Henri Saivet from Bordeaux, it looks like we are only using the two English Internationals – Jonjo Shelvey and Andros Townsend.

Comments welcome.

Tags: Coaching · Loan Moves · Newcastle News · Prayer · Premier League · Seydou Doumbia

64 responses so far ↓

  • 1 dok - the horrid colonial // Mar 24, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    saw the headline and thought, ” of course were not signing Austin”

  • 2 toon kk // Mar 24, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Doumbia has never been given a chance at Newcastle. He can’t be any worse than a lot of the other flops that get a start

  • 3 Mister Tuff // Mar 24, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    I see Penfold and King Percy have been giving evidence at Jonas’ tribunal. Wonder if they’ll catch any of em out for telling tall stories.

  • 4 Big Archie // Mar 24, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    OK – so he wasn’t given a chance under McClaren, and now he’s not being given a chance under Benitez.

    Why do you think that is then?

    2 bad managers not giving him a chance?

    Or possibly……. not good enough!

  • 5 Big Archie // Mar 24, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    OK Ed

    Great Article!

    How many other players are we not going to sign?

  • 6 ArtyH // Mar 24, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    @MrTuff, you never know, ha ha, how many times has our club been dragged through the courts because of their behaviour to its staff and been found out? Just shows how far the club has fallen under this regimen, just disgraceful.

  • 7 Mister Tuff // Mar 24, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Wow – I see that dirty bugger Johnson had been downloading extreme pornography – sex acts with animals.
    I suspect that 5000 following he now has will evapourate.

  • 8 Mister Tuff // Mar 24, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    ArtyH – all very bad PR for the club – and by implication/association the city and the area.
    Need to get rid of these tricksters bringing disrepute to the club.
    Mt Tubbs has got a lot to answer for – I relish the day when he’s gone.

  • 9 Ian Toon // Mar 24, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Mr Tuff- I didn’t view it as abuse. Hence I felt no reason to intervene; particularly as the poster was playing to the gallery. I know you view yourself as father of the blog but you lack wisdom and instead frequently display puerile behaviour.
    To conclude you’re a mean spirited, cantankerous busy body.
    Don’t bother with the faux outrage.

  • 10 magscar // Mar 24, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    On Jonas my recollection was that in 2013-14 season he was increasingly rarely used before anyone was aware of his cancer diagnosis.

    Weren’t we playing Goufran mainly on left ( with Remy at times). Midfield had Cabaye, Tiote Ben Arfa and Sissoko with Anita also used. Wasn’t this when there was speculation that he wouldn’t be played as much due a contract situation as well? When did he go out on loan to Norwich? Presumably facts and not just individual recollections of staff and player can unravel this knotty situation.

    I like Jonas but like many on here at the time wasn’t clamouring for him to be played. I well remember his away debut at Man Utd when I thought we had an absolute steal. Never quite fulfilled that potential but a worthy servant of this club. Signed off in the perfect way as well.

  • 11 Jib // Mar 24, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    ” mean spirited, cantankerous busy body.”
    Well put 😀

  • 12 MadisonToon // Mar 24, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    How was it interesting Doumbia didn’t make the bench for a derby game that he doesn’t know anything about and wouldn’t care much about as a loan player? What manager would have used him in that match?

    I can certainly see him being used in the run-in but the price of 17 million is laughable. That would never be paid out for a player like this by Newcastle, so it’s another non-story.

  • 13 Jib // Mar 24, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    The NSPCC is getting involved in the Johnson case now and having a pop at the football club – we may not have heard the last of this !

  • 14 Offkey // Mar 24, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Jibian tried the old tag team on me a day or so ago. It honestly is the blond leading the blind with these two…..or dumb and dumber….not quite sure yet.

    Anyway, thanks for digging out an old post of mine as some sort of attempted put down….failed miserably! I will pull some of yours (under the many names) soon

  • 15 davis_toons // Mar 24, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    If Rafa can get 3 attackers into the box we will score goals.

    And i believe goals will come if we players continue to work harder to create.

    Norwich is not that good. We will beat them if we can rise to the occasion and built on the Rafa effect.

  • 16 Jib // Mar 24, 2016 at 5:49 PM


    I am sorry if you thought my post was a pop at you.

    That is why sometimes I should take a step back and double check if anything can be misconstrued.

    I thought my post was more a pop at Blackley

    It’s difficult when writing and not having the benefit of voice inflection and facial expression to convey the spirit of a comment or comments.

    As I say , sorry if I caused any upset or ill feeling.

  • 17 WWSBRD // Mar 24, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    If Doumbia isn’t better than Rivi I will eat my hat continue to my hand then end once I am chewing on my shoulder

    In other news I’ve been reading around the Jobas case and my word what a business we support, can’t call it a club really. No wonder the players struggle to care in the cold business environment they find themselves in…I hope Jonas wins how he was treated is disgusting imo but I can see the club getting out of it through their allotted wiggle room that they always leave

  • 18 the white tino // Mar 24, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    I still think there could be repercussions for scumberland as now nspcc in contact with fa about how the peado was allowed to play on after club knew of meeting and kissing young girl,nspcc are asking about fa stepping in and stop this kind of thing happening again, a fine wouldn’t hurt club but point deduction would think fa have to come down hard and make sure in future any player with any such contact with a child can ever play again until after trial

  • 19 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 24, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    I’m disappointed that Doumbia hasn’t shown enough in training to get a starting place or even get on the bench regularly. Apart from Italy, he has had a great scoring record. I’d hoped he’d have been as sharp for us as in Russia. Maybe he has had a lingering injury ? or is he just not interested ?

  • 20 welshgeordie9 // Mar 24, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    It’s a pity we are not signing him in the summer, he’s been in great goal scoring form, that bicycle kick against Liverpool should be goal of the season as for his goal from the half way line against Chelsea, magnificent.

  • 21 matt11_25 // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Sissoko at left bac, he won’t be able to hide there and maybe it will light a fire under his arse. Plus he looked decent for the brief showing there at Sunderland. His doesn’t have an attacking brain anyhow (good one at least)

  • 22 matt11_25 // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Typos r fun

  • 23 Toon Tang // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Slooooooow daaaaaay.

    Is everyone eating quiche or what?

  • 24 Jib // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Madras curry and pilau rice

  • 25 Jail for Ashley // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Whatever happened to carl and sack Llambias?
    Given up posting?
    Yer right!!!

  • 26 Toon Tang // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    I don’t touch madras but i’ll have a pilau and sweet n sour pork balls

  • 27 welshgeordie9 // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    In Pardew, i mean Benitez we trust.

  • 28 Toon Tang // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Pardews gannin doon with or without us

  • 29 Jib // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    With a name like Toontang I would have thought Vindaloo at least – maybe even Phal

  • 30 Jail for Ashley // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Being a modern day linguist you should be able to spot my spelling mistake when I call you an eical, it’s Dutch by the way, a language you seem to speak very well, even though you stayed well away from the Vy-naldum debate!

  • 31 Toon Tang // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Prolonged pebble dashing of the henry crapper put a stop to my spice days.

    IBS nightmare

  • 32 Jib // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Are you sure ?
    The missus thought she had IBS for years
    Turns out it’s a gluten allergy

  • 33 beermonkey // Mar 24, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    toon tang

    thanks for sharing

  • 34 Toon Tang // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Haha sorry people it needed sharing in the public domain. Its a weight off my bowl

  • 35 Toon Tang // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:03 PM


    No idea jibs

  • 36 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    If we are hoping to survive the drop because of Johnson’s misdemeanors then we are a sorry lot.

    I want us to do it on merit, not cos of Sland losing points over that scum bag.

  • 37 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Adding astoefodea (dunno if that spelling is correct) helps to reduce flatulence, probably no help to IBS though.

  • 38 Toon Tang // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Can it help with the cobble dashing I’ve been experiencing?

    Hahaha you know its a slow night in toon when we’re advising each other on medical conditions

  • 39 21st Century Schizoid Man // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Half a teaspoon in the hot oil jus before you put in the onions and garlic ginger mixture.

  • 40 Toon Tang // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    While we’re on the subject, I’ve got a slight niggle in the gooch area…

  • 41 Average_Contents // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Toon tang

    Pull your piss flaps apart and see if it’s red 😉

  • 42 Jib // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:23 PM

    Toontang try this

  • 43 Average_Contents // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:25 PM


    Should of also mentioned stretching your bawls about, to avoid being sexist and all that.


  • 44 Toon Tang // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:26 PM

    Hahahaaaaa Ive been trying but the thatch is obscuring

  • 45 Toon Tang // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:27 PM

    I was hoping someone was gonna come along and bollock me for bad taste but I think everyones gone bingo

  • 46 firebug666 // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:42 PM

    The blog has been an easy catch-up tonight, not much being posted, not much to post about.

    I am glad to see Benitez has been doing some cleaning around Newcastle, great stuff. What worries me is if he send all those who don’t want to play for us away, will we have enough left to make a team up?

    Ah well! Time to cheer me sel up a bit:

    Ah me lads, ye shud only seen us gannin’,

    We pass’d the foaks upon the road just as they wor stannin’;

    Thor wes lots o’ lads an’ lasses there, all wi’ smiling faces,

    Gawn alang the Scotswood Road, to see the Blaydon Races.

    Ahhhhh that’s better.

  • 47 Toon Tang // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:48 PM

    Firebug, I know what you mean, Benitez sends all the players that don’t wanna be there away and we have about 2 players left haha.

    Looks like its a free blog tonight as well so post what ya like eh. We’ll get a good awld fashioned knees up brewing

  • 48 firebug666 // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:54 PM

    Toon Tang

    Just opened a bottle of Old Speckled Hen, maybe things will get better…. 😀

  • 49 hibbitt // Mar 24, 2016 at 8:55 PM

    he Blaydon Races
    (Geordie Ridley)

    I went to Blaydon Races
    Twas on the ninth of June
    Eighteen Hundred and Sixty Two
    On a summer’s afternoon
    I took the bus from Balmbras
    And she was heavy laden
    Away we went along Collingwood Street
    That’s on the Road to Blaydon

    Oh me lads, you should’ve seen us gannin
    Passing the folks along the road
    And all of them were starin’
    All the lads and lasses there
    They all had smilin’ faces
    Gannin along the Scotswood Road
    To see the Blaydon Races

    We flew past Armstrong’s factory
    And up by the Robin Adair
    But gannin ower the Railway Bridge
    The bus wheel flew off there
    The lasses lost their crinolenes
    And veils that hide their faces
    I got two black eyes and a broken nose
    In gannin to Blaydon Races

    Oh me lads…

    Now when we got the wheel back on
    Away we went again
    But them that had their noses broke
    They went back ower hyem
    Some went to the dispensary
    And some to Doctor Gibbses
    And some to the infirmary
    To mend their broken ribses

    Oh me lads…

    We flew across the Tyne Bridge
    And came to Blaydon Toon
    The barman he was calling then
    They called him Jackie Broon
    I saw him talking to some chaps
    And them he was persuadin’
    To gan and see Geordie Ridley’s show
    At the Mechanics’ Hall in Blaydon

    Oh me lads…

    Now when we got to Paradise
    There were bonny games begun
    There were four and twenty on the bus
    And how we danced and sung
    They called on me to sing a song
    So I sang ’em ‘Paddy Fagan’
    I danced a jig and I swung me twig
    The day I went to Blaydon

    Oh me lads…

    The rain it poured down all the day
    And made the ground quite muddy
    Coffee Johnny had a white hat on
    Shouted ‘Wee stole the cuddy?’
    There were spice stalls and monkey shows
    And old wives selling ciders
    And the chap on the ha’penny roundabout
    Saying ‘Any more lads for riders?’

    Oh me lads… (to fade)

  • 50 firebug666 // Mar 24, 2016 at 9:02 PM

    I think Ed should get a vote going to see:-

    How many think we will stay up.
    How many thing we will go down.
    How many are undecided.

    Just to pass the time until the Norwich game you understand.

  • 51 Toon Tang // Mar 24, 2016 at 9:18 PM

    Let the good times roll firebug lad.

    As far as your question goes, I’m undecided till after the Norwich game. If we lose that we get cut off pretty badly, draw and there’s a glimmer of hope, win and I’m happy… For now

  • 52 Jail for Ashley // Mar 24, 2016 at 9:20 PM

    Well what a surprise, Jibberish who was seemingly speaking fluent Dutch earlier couldn’t point out my spelling mistake, that’s because the search engine couldn’t find it without the correct spelling. It means d!ck head and is spelt eikal. For someone who has most definitely been called this several times in the several different languages he speaks, I’m taken aback he hasn’t pounced on my mistake!

  • 53 firebug666 // Mar 24, 2016 at 9:24 PM

    Toon Tang

    I am still optimistic and think we will now pull away from relegation.

    I reckon we can salvage 14 points from our remaining games under the guidance of Rafa and that should be enough.

    I also think that the pressure will get to other teams around us as much as it will to us, but Rafa has a pretty cool head and will do his best to keep our lads focussed on the job in hand.

  • 54 bettyswallocks // Mar 24, 2016 at 9:27 PM

    Firebug…….. Jail’ll sort it. He likes a poll.

    Jail…… Don’t want to split hairs but it means bell end stems from acorn. I lived in Belgium for ages.

  • 55 firebug666 // Mar 24, 2016 at 9:30 PM


    Aye maybe best left to Jail 😀

    What are your thoughts on our chances of staying up?

  • 56 Essex Geordie Bill // Mar 24, 2016 at 9:34 PM

    Neeh problem,wih ganna win oor next eyt gaymes like.

  • 57 Jib // Mar 24, 2016 at 9:35 PM

    We went tae Wembley Stadium
    Twas on the fourth of May
    Nineteen hundred and seventy fower
    What a f@cking day
    We taught the Scousers tae sing a song
    We taught them how tae sup
    The only thing that they taught us
    Was how tae win a cup

  • 58 firebug666 // Mar 24, 2016 at 9:38 PM


    I think we can take all the points from Norwich, Swansea, Palace and Villa, and draws with Southampton and Liverpool, And the other results against Spurs and Man City will depend on how much confidence we have when we play them.

  • 59 bettyswallocks // Mar 24, 2016 at 9:44 PM

    Firebug……. I don’t think Rafa would have come if he wasn’t hopeful of keeping us up. This two weeks wil help him get things going his way and the Norwich game will be the acid test.

    My fear is the bookies don’t normally get it wrong. I’m living in eternal hope though.

  • 60 Jail for Ashley // Mar 24, 2016 at 9:47 PM

    Heel goed bettyswallocks.
    I’m not doing polls anymore as I don’t have the resources to carry out an accurate outcome.
    I had the mackems down as one of our must wins, we have to reach forty points as the mackems may well reach that and they have two points on us with GD and head to head, I’m praying we can do it but it’s going to be tough.

  • 61 bettyswallocks // Mar 24, 2016 at 10:01 PM

    Jail…… I don’t think people actually realise that relegation could be an unmitigated disaster for our club. What with Ashley’s unreliable and unpredictable way of doing things and the investment and ambition of other clubs wanting to stay up and get promotion from the championship , we could be hovering as a nothing club until Ashley gets fed up. The problem is , there isn’t a buyer waiting in the wings even if he does decide to pull the lever.

  • 62 jimmysmith // Mar 24, 2016 at 10:29 PM

    It will be very much a real disaster if we go down. Clubs like Stoke, Leicester, West Ham, Southamptom are already using the TV money more wisely than us and challenging the senior sides. Relegation would put us firmly in the yo yo bracket, with a management structure in place that has shown itself clearly inadequate. Good players will follow the money and come to the league in greater numbers, just as we tumble down the pecking order. It’s critical we stay up, and Rafa stays on.

  • 63 Ian Toon // Mar 24, 2016 at 10:44 PM

    Jimmy – This is something I posted a few days ago on your theme. On the long side but why change the habit of a lifetime:

    This really has been a topsy-turvy season in the Premier League. I view success or failure as being increasingly attributable to the quality of manager/ coach. Slaven Bilic has been making the point which Ashley has clearly recognised in recent transfer windows that every PL club in the league now has the financial capacity to compete and buy quality/proper players. Until Benitez’s appointment we’ve lacked a strong decisive manager to have the vision to see what needs to be done to fashion “his team” and the authority to undertake it. Will circumstances now give us the chance?

    Bilic uses the illustration of Chelsea and Palace. Chelsea already had Costa, Fabregas and Hazard but Palace didn’t have a Cabaye. The so called big clubs had already a nucleus of a complete squad and were largely restricted with the replenishment. However television money has increased PL clubs ability to be able to negotiate from a position of strength and with a level playing field.

    This makes it essential for the Rafa Revolution to progress with an even bigger PL tv bonanza next season in prospect. Relegation and Championship football will leave us marooned as the PL overall has a massive facelift in quality. You only need to look at the presence of Leicester, Spurs and West Ham at the top end of the table to appreciate the importance of a manager in all aspects of transfer activity. Even Stoke with Saquiri! Aside from an appreciation of the gulf in class between a Benitez and Carver it’s worth considering the wastage of transfer money over recent seasons on the recommendation of Carr. How could we have spent so much but still be bereft of defensive and ST talent. Irrespective of whether we stay up , we have to change our recruitment policy. Come the end of the season it’s time to thank Carr for his services. This is for another day though.

    Undoubtedly the increased demands of CL football can take a toll on squads. The point is that given existing squad numbers you can only replace players through wastage or replacement and this seems to have impacted particularly on the CL teams. There is no space in their squads without a major overhaul this summer.
    Television money means it’s far easier for so called lesser clubs to improve. That is Bilic’s conclusion. The league has been turned upside down. With good recruitment, good management there is Leicester City at the top and Spurs in second place,
    West Ham, bought Payet for £14 million from Marseilles – Bournemouth Gradel from St Etienne for £7 million; we bought Wijnaldum for £14.5 million from PSV and Palace Cabaye from PSG for £12 million.
    Mourinho at the PL launch last August predicted, that pretty much every club now had very good players and that it would be difficult for the top teams in England because of the competitive nature. He thought the aforementioned players could slot straight into the Chelsea team.
    It is already a long way from last season when the top four were Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United and there was a sense that only Tottenham and Liverpool could challenge that order. This campaign is not a one-off, a blip, it the sign of things to come. There is a lot of talent out there that will want to come to the Premier League and we need to be part of it.
    Those with the greatest resources will invariably filter their way back up to the top but things are certainly changing. Bilic talks of it in terms of talent migration to the PL
    Our survival hopes remain alive despite a low quality game. We finished stronger and with movement and composure fashioned through the introduction of De Jong. A must starter against Norwich for what could get even the faint hearted believing we can be party to the PL next season. It’s not a lost cause Benitez will have more preparatory time.

  • 64 ilovetoon8788 // Mar 25, 2016 at 12:42 AM

    Well, we have to turn up with a kind of form never seen in the last 2 years to have any chance of surviving. We need at least 50% win rate from the last 8 games.

    Absolutely no chance I think. We are as good as down already. Now it’s all about rebuilding from the championship. But we’ll probably stay there for atleast the next, 15 years.

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