The sample size is admittedly small but Seydou Doumbia’s short stint in the Premier League does not exactly jump off his otherwise impressive CV.
The Ivorian striker played just 29 minutes of football during an entirely forgettable loan spell at Newcastle United from AS Roma in 2015/16. And it should come as no surprise that he failed to find the back of the net in the face of such restricted action.
Yet, that has not stopped The Sun reporting that Everton see Doumbia, who has a £55 million release clause in his contract at current employers Sporting Lisbon, as a possible replacement for Romelu Lukaku in January.
That short spell at Newcastle should not be taken out of context. The 29-year-old scored at a prolific rate for CSKA Moscow and FC Basel and has a superb goalscoring record in the Champions League.
He has 19 goals in 32 games in the continent’s premiere club competition as well as a further nine in 13 in the Europa League.
Yet, while Doumbia has thrived in comparatively smaller ponds, he has struggled to make the same talismanic impact at larger clubs. He played just 14 games for Roma in 2014/15, scoring twice in all competitions.
And, according to The Chronicle, it was Doumbia’s rather lackadaisical attitude to training that meant his Newcastle career was doomed before it even got off the ground. A manager as disciplined as Everton’s Ronald Koeman does not suffer fools gladly.
Therefore, there may be little reason to suggest that Doumbia could step into Lukaku’s shoes.