Newcastle United added to their scoring options on transfer deadline day, as Ivory Coast international Seydou Doumbia completed a loan move to St James' Park.
Doumbia's move was confirmed by the Magpies:
Newcastle United FC @NUFC
CONFIRMED: Newcastle United sign striker Seydou Doumbia on loan. More at https://t.co/iDkcawZlBb. #SeydouSigns #NUFC https://t.co/egpXiOagvm2/1/2016, 1:30:10 PM
Doumbia expressed his delight at the opportunity to play for the Magpies, via Anthony Marshall of the club's official website:
I'm delighted to be a Newcastle United player.
I've already started to prepare. I've arrived and I'm ready to go.
It has always been a dream to play in the Premier League and now that dream has come true, so I'm absolutely delighted.
I am looking forward to helping the club get some wins and climb the table.
The 28-year-old spent the first half of the 2015-16 season on loan with former club CSKA Moscow after a failed stint with AS Roma. According to WhoScored.com, he scored five goals in 13 Russian Premier League outings.
Known for his impressive pace, Doumbia joined the Giallorossi in January of 2015 after a solid career with CSKA but failed to live up to the lofty expectations in the Italian capital.
His poor form in Serie A may raise some concerns regarding his ability to score in the Premier League, but judging by his numbers in the UEFA Champions League, as noted by Sky Sports News HQ, he should be just fine:
Sky Sports News HQ @SkySportsNewsHQ
Seydou Doumbia has the fourth best minutes per goal ratio out of current @ChampionsLeague players. #SSNHQ https://t.co/Ts1VJhSA2p1/31/2016, 7:55:04 PM
Doumbia is at his best when he has space to run with the ball at his feet or in behind the defenders, and he always presents a strong target inside the box. He has a knack for scoring spectacular goals on the counter-attack and is not afraid to pull the trigger from well outside the box.
Here's a look at some of the goals he scored for CSKA:
Roma were seemingly determined to move Doumbia this winter, which is why the Magpies were able to land him on such a favourable deal.
While there's no guarantee the Ivorian will be a success in England, there are few risks involved for Newcastle, and the club's fans have to be happy with this signing. Doumbia will immediately challenge Aleksandar Mitrovic for a spot in the starting XI and will, at the very least, provide depth and versatility at the striker position.
As far as deadline day moves go, you can't ask for much more than that. The Magpies face a battle to avoid relegation in the second half of the season, and with Doumbia in the fold, their chances of succeeding are undoubtedly greater.
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