106 goals in 149 appearances over the last four seasons has put Ivorian striker Seydou Doumbia on the wishlist of some of Europe’s biggest clubs, with Newcastle rumored to be interested.
The Magpies will be looking to swoop for the forward in January but it will cost around £16million to prise him away from Russian club CSKA Moscow. However with Demba Ba’s future on Tyneside still uncertain, Doumbia could be the perfect replacement and even improve Newcastles chances of finishing in the top four.
But who is Seydou Doumbia? Well he’s got everything a Premier League striker needs; power, pace, strength and a habit of being in the right place at the right time.
He’s a player of similar stature and style to Jermaine Defoe and he could be just the player Newcastle need to shake up their forward line. Cisse, Ameobi and Ba are all similar in physicality but Doumbia could add a different dimension to the attack and not to mention a lethal goalscorer.
Doumbia seems like a genuinely exciting prospect looking at his goalscoring records in Switzerland and Russia, but there is still a question of whether he can cut it in the Premier League. Plenty of players with good reputations haven’t lived up to the price tag in England, Afonso Alves (Middlesbrough) and Andriy Shevchenko (Chelsea) are just two names that spring to mind, although Doumbia looks like he could fit right into the English game.
If he does choose Newcastle over Lazio and Napoli he will feel very at home in the Magpies dressing room with a healthy contingent of French speaking players and international teammate Cheik Tiote.
Seydou Doumbia has all the tools to make a move to England a success and could give Newcastle that extra push into the Champions League, but this transfer will all depends on the future of Demba Ba. Whatever the situation come January, the Toon army will still have some fantastic forwards to cheer on and cherish.