CSKA Moscow forward, Seydou Doumbia, was named Russia’s player of the year collecting 591 points in an annual poll of the country’s football journalists conducted by Football Weekly.
Doumbia is the top scorer in the Russian Premier League with 24 goals from 32 matches and has also scored 5 goals in the group stages of the Champions League, helping them reach the knock out stage where they now face Real Madrid.
I would be surprised if he joined a club that wasn’t in the Champions League, so only a handful of clubs in the Premiership would be in the race to sign him. He is a strong player and would be able to adapt to the EPL quite quickly. He is strong and fast and is more like Drogba than most of the players that are dubbed the “new Drogba”.
I wouldn’t be surprised to see Tottenham come in for him as Adebayor is only on loan and they may not want to pay what City want for him or pay what Adebayor and his agent want either. Adebayor has managed to score 9 times in 1344 minutes giving him an average of a goal every 149.3 minutes. Compare that to Seydou Doumbia’s average of 101.I minutes you can see why Tottenham should be looking in Doumbia’s direction.
Arsenal are also on the look out for a striker, but with Doumbia off to the African Cup of Nations, they may decide to looks elsewhere. Doumbia does have the close control that most Arsenal players need to play in the team and has the pace too. He would give more strength which is something Arsenal still need, even though they have it with Song, Mertesacker and Vermaelen.
He would fit in well at Chelsea as they already know how to use a player like him, but with AVB looking to do something different with Chelsea, maybe Doumbia will be over looked. Manchester City doesn’t need another striker but that doesn’t mean that they won’t go in to sign a player of his qualities to add to their already impressive squad, especially if another club is sounding their interest. Sir Alex Ferguson has said he isn’t looking to sign any players, but that’s just manager talk, as a quality player is a quality player.
Interest in Doumbia will be high, but having already played in the Champions League, clubs may look at that and either be put off or offer less money, whixh could put CSKA off selling. It’s not just in the EPL that he could succeed. In Spain, Italy or Germany he would be in the goal scoring charts and teams like Inter, Juventus, Real Madrid, Dortmund, Bayern Munich or even Paris St. Germain in France could be linked with him between now and the end of January, but I would like to see him week in week out in England.