Andy Townsend offers his opinion on Seydou Doumbia

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Seydou Doumbia joined Newcastle United on loan from AS Roma on transfer deadline day.

Former Chelsea and Aston Villa midfielder Andy Townsend suggested on the Transfer Deadline Day show on BBC Radio 5 live on Monday evening (February 1) that Seydou Doumbia will prove to be a good signing for Newcastle United.

“I have watched him a lot,” said Townsend about Doumbia. “I have watched him with (Ahmed) Musa at CSKA. They had a very good partnership and understanding as a two upfront there.

“He is not exceptionally quick, he doesn’t look like he is the bravest, but he looks like he knows what he is good at and I think he will stick to that.”

Doumbia joined Newcastle on loan from Italian club AS Roma on transfer deadline day and will remain at St. James’ Park until the end of the season.

The 28-year-old forward switched to Roma from CSKA Moscow in January 2015, but he struggled to make a huge impact in Serie A.

The Ivory Coast international forward managed to make just 13 appearances for the Giallorossi before returning to CSKA on loan in the summer of 2015.

Doumbia recovered his form and confidence in Moscow, scoring five goals and creating 16 chances in nine appearances in the Russian Premier League this season.

The former Young Boys man also scored three goals and created three chances in six Champions League games for CSKA this campaign.

Newcastle are third from bottom in the Premier League table at the moment with 21 points from 24 matches, two points behind 17th-placed Norwich City.

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