On the 1st February 2016, Newcastle United announced the signing of AS Roma striker Seydou Doumbia on loan for the remainder of the season.
The Ivorian international joined Steve McClaren’s side at a dire point in the club’s history. Newcastle were 18th in the Premier League after just five wins in their opening 24 league games saw the Magpies yet again looking down the barrel of relegation after escaping the drop last campaign.
Doumbia, who was originally on loan at former club CSKA Moscow, had been brought in to help bring the goals back into a side that had been woeful in front of goal, with only five league matches where Newcastle had managed to score two or more goals.
The then 29-year-old striker was joining Newcastle with a decent reputation of putting the ball in the net from his days in the Russia Premier League with CSKA, where he had hit 61 goals in 95 appearances for the Russian giants during his four seasons at the club.
Here is how Newcastle fans reacted to the news…
@NUFC unbelievably happy with this
— Louis (@LouisSmithhx) February 1, 2016
— DJH (@NUFCDJH) February 1, 2016
— James (@jamesy_nufc) February 1, 2016
@NUFC can this be made permanent?
— James Browning (@jbrowning89) February 1, 2016
— B E N (@Benn_97) February 1, 2016
— Kwadwo Frempong (@_As_Himself) February 1, 2016
@NUFC greatest decision ever
— Don Morellos (@Dmoral22) February 1, 2016
@NUFC elite absolutelty elite him and mitrovic up top
— k (@chelseaaaaaafc) February 1, 2016
Despite the excitement, Doumbia was a massive flop for the club as Newcastle were unable to claim survival in the Premier League, and were relegated to the Championship after six years in the top-flight.
Doumbia’s time in the northeast was completely unforgettable, as the striker made just three appearances for Newcastle, all of which came from the bench against Chelsea, Stoke, and eventual champions Leicester City.
In total, the former CSKA striker played just 29 minutes for Newcastle in the three months Doumbia spent at the club. To put that into perspective, the striker played more minutes for the U-23 side in Premier League 2 than the first-team.
With Newcastle relegated to the Championship and Doumbia being a horrific signing, the Ivorian returned to Roma following the end of his loan spell, but since then things have turned around for the better for the attacker.
Doumbia joined FC Basel on loan the following season and hit 20 goals in 25 Swiss Super League appearances for the historic club as Basel claimed their eighth successive Swiss title.
The Ivorian now plays his trade in Spain with City Football Group owned side Girona FC, who are fighting for survival in La Liga this season.
Newcastle fans, is Doumbia one of the worst signings in the history of the club? Let us know!
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