With Seydou Doumbia you just know that this coming season he will be smashing goals in for fun in both domestic football and the Champions League.
Agreeing his third loan deal in the past 12 months, FC Basel have now officially confirmed that the one-time Newcastle loan striker has agreed to join the Swiss club.
Finishing as domestic Champions yet again, Basel will go straight into the Champions League group stages and Seydou Doumbia will look to add to his remarkable record of 16 goals in 19 previous CL starts (plus four as sub).
The Doumbia loan spell was strange even by Newcastle standards as the striker played only 29 minutes under Steve McClaren and Rafa Benitez, despite the team being desperate for goals.
It was very reminiscent and far worse, considering the circumstances (relegation), than even the failed Facundo Ferreyra and Luuk de Jong loan periods at St James Park.
Ferreyra was obviously a joke signing and never good enough for the Premier League but Luuk de Jong has been devastating for PSV, scoring 58 goals in the last two years, winning two Dutch titles (as Captain last season) and helping Gini Wijnaldum’s former club into the Champions League knockout stages last season.
Interesting to see if Newcastle go down the loan route this summer and whether Rafa Benitez can make it work for United this time.
Official FC Basel statement confirming Seydou Doumbia loan:
‘The 33-times Ivory Coast international began his career in his homeland with FC Athletic Adame… in Switzerland with BSC Young Boys (2008-2010) was twice top scorer. Doumbia has so far scored in the top division in Switzerland a total of 50 goals.
In 2010 moved next to Russia to CSKA Moscow, he was five years in the squad.
He won with CSKA Moscow three times the Russian Championship and twice the Cup. He was twice top scorer in the Russian league.
In 2015 Doumbia signed at AS Roma a contract for four years and he was on loan in August 2015 at CSKA Moscow and in February 2016, Newcastle United.
Doumbia meets the media on Wednesday 29 June 2016, after lunch at the training camp at Tegernsee.
Doumbia gets the jersey number 88.’