Jean-Bernard Beytrison is hoping for a Hatem Ben Arfa style revival of Seydou Doumbia’s fortunes next season.
After only 29 minutes of football in a half season loan spell that threatens to rival Facundo Ferreyra in terms of wasting everybody’s time, Doumbia has made more headlines when posing for photographs away from St James Park.
The Newcastle loan striker was in Moscow last month for the Moscow derby and then ruffled a few figures by putting a photo up on his own Instagram page, Doumbia surrounded by shopping bags whilst United were in the final death throes of relegation.
Beytrison insists though that the striker has no intention of moving to China or the MLS and is determined to make it in Europe, despite his experiences at both AS Roma and Newcastle.
However, he has also given a bit of an insight into why possibly Rafa Benitez ended up ruling Doumbia out as an option in the relegation run-in, saying Doumbia ‘is a striker who has to be let free, he can’t be tied down by tactical aspects.’
No doubt Barcelona are already preparing their scouting system to monitor Doumbia next season as we speak….
Jean-Bernard Beytrison speaking to Tuttomercatoweb in Italy:
“The transfer window will open soon and he (Doumbia) wants to stay in Europe, that is for sure – but he needs to play to express himself.
“The situation with his future must be assessed and we will see what happens in these coming weeks. There’s always contact with Roma but he almost certainly won’t play in their shirt again.
“Everything is possible. Look at Hatem Ben Arfa, he didn’t play at Newcastle and Hull City, now he has had a world class season with Nice.
“Doumbia needs trust, he has to play. He is a striker who has to be let free, he can’t be tied down by tactical aspects.
“He has always had a sensational scoring record throughout his career, purely because he doesn’t think about it too much.
“He is an instinctive football player and he just naturally scores a crazy amount of goals. Now he needs consistency.”