The push to break free from the relegation zone continues for Newcastle United as they have completed their fourth key signing this January transfer window.
After signing Jonjo Shelvy, Andros Townsend and Henri Saivet, Newcastle have added a goal scorer to help the new faces on their offense. Roma forward Seydou Doumbia has arrived at St. James’ Park on loan for the remainder of the season.
The Ivorian international first made a splash in European football with Swiss Super League side BSC Young Boys where he scored 20 goals in the 2008-2009 season and 30 the following year, claiming the title the league’s top goal scorer both years.
Doumbia experienced another run of success with Russian side CSKA Moscow where he found the back of the net 66 times in 108 appearances over five season in the Russian Premier League.
In 2014, he made the move to Roma where he was only able to score twice in 13 fixtures with the club. Roma loaned him back to CSKA Moscow this fall and will now make the move to St. James Park.
Seydou Doumbia is a goal scorer and a quick counter attacking threat. He scores many goals from inside the box can also provide key passes in the attack end.
The Ivorian has great ball handling skills and is not short on confidence as he’s not afraid to go at defenders when he has the ball. If he can find a form similar to what he had a few years back in the 2013-2014 season, when he scored 20 in 24, he could be a dominant force in the Premier league from here on out.
Newcastle have undergone an overhaul of new offensive players this transfer window in an effort to get out of the bottom three. The new midfielders acquired this transfer window needed a goal scorer to top off a successful January for Newcastle. Only time will tell if the recent January signings will pay off for the club, but at the moment, the addition of a striker puts them in a good position to successfully stay in the Premier League.
While the striker is 28-years-old he is not too much of a risk for Newcastle. If he is unsuccessful throughout the rest of this season, they can easily cut ties with Doumbia in the summer.
If the Ivorian proves to play a vital role in the push to stay in the Premier League, Newcastle could easily buy him, as Roma are clearly not satisfied with the forward.