Seydou Doumbia could get a rare appearance on the pitch tonight.

The Newcastle January loan signing has rather bizarrely picked up only 29 minutes of first team football since his arrive in the last transfer window, particularly when you consider just how bad United have been when it comes to scoring goals.

A recent interview has seen him say that he has fitted in really well at St James Park and only hopes to get his chance to show what he can do.

However, the last three Premier League matches have seen Doumbia not even making the bench, leaving United fans really confused as to the situation with the player.

The Under 21s lost 3-1 at the Emirates on Friday night with Henri Saivet, Curtis Good and Sylvain Marveaux all playing, as they were overlooked, along with Doumbia, for Saturday’s visit to Southampton.

Newcastle’s reserves (Under 21s) play Brighton tonight at St James Park, a game with a 7pm kick-off and free to all season ticket holders/members, otherwise £3 for adults and concessions £1.

It remains to be seen whether Seydou Doumbia and/or any other first team squad players get a game tonight, with still five days to go until the visit of Swansea.

It is hard to see what there is to lose by giving Doumbia a run out, unless there are other hidden off the pitch reasons as to why he is not being given any kind of consideration to play in these desperate times.

Peter Beardsley looking ahead positively (as always) to tonight’s match:

“It’d be nice for them to finish on a high.

“They’re a good set of kids, they’re all very genuine and they all give their maximum, so in that sense we can’t ask any more. It would be nice for them to finish off on a high on Monday.

“When you consider that, in the main, they all could pretty much play under-19s football, in that sense it’s really good.

“But they have to gain the experience and take it on board, and hopefully move forward. That’s the big thing.

“This group, the nucleus of it, should be together for the next couple of years at least, so we’re looking forward to that.”