When Newcastle were first linked with Seydou Doumbia, like many of you I clicked away to find out exactly who he was .
His stats showed that he has been an outstanding goalscorer in both Russia and Switzerland as well as for the Ivory Coast.
I also discovered that the 28 year old striker had flopped in Italy at AS Roma and so you wonder whether he can translate his goalscoring into the Premier League.
A very good record in the Champions League though suggests he has every chance, whilst watching a few goals compilations on youtube also cheered me up.
Then he was unveiled on Monday.
The wisecracks came thick and fast…
“If he is 28 then Rob Lee is 30″ (Rob Lee turned 50 the day Doumbia signing was announced)
” Instead of a medical they should have carbon dated him!”
“That must have been some paper round…”
Yes, our on-loan striker does look a ‘little’ older than his 28 years.
However, we have tracked down the reason and actually found the paper round he did as a lad…
(For the uninitiated/young, in the 1970s Tudor Crisps were THE crisp of choice on Tyneside, a local brand that had been bought up by Smiths and eventually then Walkers. The adverts (see below) became real favourites (bit like mini versions of the Likely Lads when it comes to Geordie nostalgia) and the flats shown at the end of the advert are/were (knocked down a few years ago) Derwent Tower in Dunston – more famously known locally as ‘The Rocket’)