Former Newcastle United striker Seydou Doumbia refused to take part in midweek training which led him to becoming a flop while with the Magpies, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim on their website that the ex-loanee arrived at St James’ Park unfit and carrying an injury, and that he shockingly had tried to avoid training in fear he would pick up another blow, something that former loan side CSKA Moscow had allowed.
Back in the winter window of 2016, the club were in the midst of a relegation battle and were looking to bolster their attacking options in a bid to escape the threat of the drop zone, with then-manager Steve McClaren turning to the Ivory Coast international on a loan deal from Roma.
However he managed to make just three appearances and failed to score a single goal as the club slipped down into the second tier with Rafael Benitez at the helm, and Doumbia returned to Roma.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle have seen some bad eggs pass through their doors throughout the years but a player refusing to train – which is quite literally four out of five of his days’ work – is something else. As proven this season, Benitez admires effort even if the talent is lacking, so Doumbia never stood a chance of succeeding with the Spaniard in the dugout. Fans will be worried that there are similarities between Doumbia and current loanee Islam Slimani, but at least the Algerian seems to be doing everything he can to return from his layoff as soon as possible. Another strange story for the Newcastle history books.
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