Seydou Doumbia is just one of the many strange aspects of Newcastle United’s season and typifies the chaos inside St James Park.
The Newcastle United transfer policy has been laid bare by Rafa Benitez, in both the Manchester City and Liverpool games the new Manager deemed only two of this season’s nine signings were of the right physical and mental calibre to play in these crucial matches.
With United desperate for a goalscorer and defenders, the January window saw the club buy three players to play across the middle of the pitch and then a last minute loan deal for Seydou Doumbia.
The striker failed in Serie A but has a great goalscoring record in Switzerland and Russia, including many goals in the Champions League, yet has ended up playing only 29 minutes of football for Newcastle.
Rafa Benitez had a short look at him as a substitute in his first match at Leicester but in the six weeks that has followed, the Ivory Coast striker hasn’t even been able to get on the bench.
At the end of the season those responsible for the disastrous choice of transfer must be ditched and responsibility given to the manager who has to work with the players and chooses the team.
This weekend Seydou Doumbia was nowhere to be seen where Newcastle were concerned but turned up on Sunday in Russia, two thousand miles away, to watch his old club CSKA Moscow take on local rivals Dinamo Moscow.
Doumbia was in a crowd of 11,000 who saw CSKA win 1-0 and move to within a point of Rostov at the top.
Newcastle United’s record on loan signings has been shocking, with Facundo Ferreyra faring even worse. Coloccini recommended the Argentine striker but he proved not good enough to play a single minute of first team football in an entire season.
Another classic was Luuk de Jong who has performed brilliantly for PSV since his permanent move in summer 2014, having scored 55 goals in two seasons and captained the team to the knockout stages of the Champions League.
That was a classic case of manager Alan Pardew not choosing transfers and handed a player he clearly hadn’t wanted, Pardew ended up playing him in midfield where Luuk de Jong looked terrible. Luckily though we brought in his brother instead…
If United do drop into the Championship then we could see a very heavy reliance on the loan market.
When Newcastle were relegated in 2009, Mike Ashley didn’t allow Chris Hughton to spend a penny on players in summer 2009 despite a host of players leaving with close to £30m banked in transfers and a huge drop in the wage bill.
Instead, numerous loan deals were made to fill gaps in the squad, including Harewood, Khizanishvili, Simpson, Hall and van Aanholt, plus free agents Pancrate and Lovenkrands.
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