The stock of Seydou Doumbia continues to rise. Scoring 33 goals in 53 games at CSKA Moscow, the Ivorian striker has been on the radar of many European clubs including Manchester United, Chelsea, Napoli and Roma. Yet according to the Daily Mail it is Liverpool that have recently been rumoured with the striker.
Doumbia’s turn of speed and natural eye for goal could be just what the Kop needs next season as the Reds desperately seek a replacement for Fernando Torres’ goals. Yet Napoli is also increasingly interested in the 24-year-old as they seek replacements for strikers Ezequiel Lavezzi and Edison Cavani.
With Champions League football also on Doumbia’s wish list, the Italians could be a more attractive prospect than a move to Merseyside having been in the competition more recently.
If choosing Liverpool Doumbia could be the striking option that the club desperately craves. Suarez has had a good first full season at Anfield yet has only scored 15 goals in 44 appearances, whilst Andy Carroll’s striking woes have been widely documented. The necessity for Liverpool to score more goals is apparent – with 9 home draws and 10 away losses Liverpool needs to convert the chances they create next season.
That is not to say that the side should give up on Carroll or Suarez. The Englishman has looked notably better towards the end of the season and could grow into his role even further over the summer, whilst Suarez always provides a threat.
Liverpool will have their work cut out for them if they go head to head with Napoli for the Ivorian striker, as the Italian side have had a more successful season both domestically and in Europe competition.
Yet Doumbia could be the antidote Liverpool seeks for their goal scoring woes and certainly should be considered by the new personnel at Anfield.
On a side note, it is interesting to comment on the Daily Mail article directly. Although the idea that Doumbia could be useful in the Liverpool squad is evident, where such rumours are arriving from is beyond me.
Liverpool has neither a manager nor director of personnel currently therefore such rumours can be taken with a pinch of salt. We know that Comolli and Dalglish both were interested in Doumbia yet surely it cannot be assumed that the new men in charge will also like the Ivorian.
Back to the striker. The signing would surely be good for Liverpool – it cannot be stressed enough how important goals are for this team next season. Hopefully their stature can be enough to lure him away from the bright prospects already apparent at Napoli.
One positive can be taken from these rumours for Liverpool fans – their team is definitely looking in the right direction in their transfer window rebuilding. Even if it’s an unknown new manager who is interested in Seydou Doumbia.
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