Steve McClaren says he will not rush Seydou Doumbia into first team action.
Under pressure Newcastle United manager Steve McClaren says he will not rush new signing Seydou Doumbia into action.
The striker was an unused substitute for Newcastle against Everton, with his chances of making it on hampered by two early forced changes thanks to injuries to defenders Paul Dummett and Chancel Mbemba.
Doumbia was granted his international clearance hours ahead of kick-off, but McClaren insists the striker is not fully fit.
Newcastle host West Bromwich Albion on Saturday, and it is unclear at this stage whether Doumbia will be in the starting line-up.
Speaking to SkySports after the 3-0 defeat at Goodison Park, McClaren explained: "We'll have to assess that [Doumbia] over the next couple of days as they were in a winter break in Russia.
"He has been training but last played in December so it's a bit difficult, we don't want to put too much pressure on him. We just have to ease him in, as with the other new boys."
The fact he made it onto the bench against Everton is a promising sign, and there has to be hope that he gets some minutes on Saturday.
Even his presence on the pitch for the last 15 minutes or so could give his teammates and the crowd a real boost, especially in a tight game with the club in desperate need to secure points.