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Seydou Doumbia

D.O.B: 31/12/87

Club: CSKA Moscow (Russia)

Position: Striker

Former Clubs: Denguélé (Ivory Coast), Kashiwa Reysol (Japan), Tokushima Vortis (Japan), BSC Young Boys (Switzerland).

Seydou Doumbia isn’t a name that will be familiar to all Premier League fans, but it is one that has been recently linked to a host of English clubs including Liverpool and Spurs to name but a few. And it’s not hard to see why any club would admire the talents of the 24 year old Ivorian striker who seems to get better each season. Currently leading CSKA Moscow’s frontline alongside the equally deadly Brazilian Vagner Love, Doumbia has so far netted 25 times in just 30 games of this year’s mammoth Russian season which, in the process of transitioning from its current Spring-Autumn format to the more traditional Autumn-Spring European format, is set to last 18 months. This means that Doumbia still has 14 more games where he can improve upon his already impressive tally. He is a full 8 goals ahead of Alexander Kerzhakov in second place, and 15 ahead of strike partner Love. Overall, including the end of last season, Doumbia has netted 29 times in 41 league games of the Army Men. He is also third top scorer in this year’s Champions League, behind Mario Gomez and Lionel Messi by just 1 goal, with 5 goals in 430 minutes played.

Seydou Doumbia is the very definition of the word clinical. At his previous club, Young Boys, he scored 50 goals in 64 games. Young Boys fans became so enamoured with their star man while he was at Stade de Suisse that they even adapted the popular song “Kumbaya My Lord” into one of their chants, changing it to “Doumbia My Lord”. While you could argue about the quality of the Swiss League, his seemless step up to the more challenging Russian League (in terms of quality of football, change in lifestyle and change in weather conditions) shows off his mental strength. With players of the calibre of Keisuke Honda and Alan Dzagoev around him, he has really flourished. He has incredible pace and trickery in abundance, and isn’t afraid to take defenders on. Not only is Doumbia good with his feet, he knocks in a fair share of goals with his head too. He does really seem like the perfect all-round striker and it shouldn’t be too long before he is gracing one of the more traditional big leagues.