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.
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.