Newcastle Will Not Be Signing This Striker In Summer

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.

64 comments so far

  • dok - the horrid colonial

    Mar 24, 2016 at 3:21 PM

    Comment #1

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

  • toon kk

    Mar 24, 2016 at 3:30 PM

    Comment #2

    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

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 24, 2016 at 3:33 PM

    Comment #3

    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.

  • Big Archie

    Mar 24, 2016 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #4

    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!

  • Big Archie

    Mar 24, 2016 at 3:38 PM

    Comment #5

    OK Ed

    Great Article!

    How many other players are we not going to sign?

  • ArtyH

    Mar 24, 2016 at 3:50 PM

    Comment #6

    @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.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 24, 2016 at 4:06 PM

    Comment #7

    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.

  • Mister Tuff

    Mar 24, 2016 at 4:12 PM

    Comment #8

    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.

  • Ian Toon

    Mar 24, 2016 at 4:28 PM

    Comment #9

    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.

  • magscar

    Mar 24, 2016 at 4:42 PM

    Comment #10

    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.

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #11

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

  • MadisonToon

    Mar 24, 2016 at 4:53 PM

    Comment #12

    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.

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2016 at 5:11 PM

    Comment #13

    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 !

  • Offkey

    Mar 24, 2016 at 5:17 PM

    Comment #14

    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

  • davis_toons

    Mar 24, 2016 at 5:23 PM

    Comment #15

    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.

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2016 at 5:49 PM

    Comment #16


    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.


    Mar 24, 2016 at 6:20 PM

    Comment #17

    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

  • the white tino

    Mar 24, 2016 at 6:21 PM

    Comment #18

    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

  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Mar 24, 2016 at 6:44 PM

    Comment #19

    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 ?

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 24, 2016 at 6:59 PM

    Comment #20

    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.

  • matt11_25

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #21

    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)

  • matt11_25

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:01 PM

    Comment #22

    Typos r fun

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:26 PM

    Comment #23

    Slooooooow daaaaaay.

    Is everyone eating quiche or what?

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:27 PM

    Comment #24

    Madras curry and pilau rice

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:29 PM

    Comment #25

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

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:31 PM

    Comment #26

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

  • welshgeordie9

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:34 PM

    Comment #27

    In Pardew, i mean Benitez we trust.

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:36 PM

    Comment #28

    Pardews gannin doon with or without us

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:37 PM

    Comment #29

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

  • Jail for Ashley

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:38 PM

    Comment #30

    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!

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:44 PM

    Comment #31

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

    IBS nightmare

  • Jib

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #32

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

  • beermonkey

    Mar 24, 2016 at 7:47 PM

    Comment #33

    toon tang

    thanks for sharing

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:02 PM

    Comment #34

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

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:03 PM

    Comment #35


    No idea jibs

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:05 PM

    Comment #36

    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.

  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:07 PM

    Comment #37

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

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:12 PM

    Comment #38

    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

  • 21st Century Schizoid Man

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:16 PM

    Comment #39

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

  • Toon Tang

    Mar 24, 2016 at 8:18 PM

    Comment #40

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


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