Remember Seydou Doumbia? He’s been left without a club this week after refusing to take a pay-cut with Swiss side FC Sion.
The Swiss Super League came to a sudden halt on March 1st following the Coronavirus pandemic, and FC Sion have since asked their players to help them financially by signing an agreement to take a wage cut during the crisis.
Some have agreed, but former NUFC loan flop Seydou Doumbia is one of several who’ve refused.
As a result, himself and ex-Arsenal duo Alex Song and Johan Djourou have been sacked by the club, leaving them as free agents and without a club for the remainder of the 2019/20 season (if it ever gets completed, that is!).
Doumbia, who’s now 32, endured a forgettable spell at St James’ Park, failing to score in any of his 3 appearances in 2016.
Since then he’s had a loan spell at Basel – where he scored 21 goals in 33 games – a stint in Portugal with Sporting Lisbon, followed by spells in Spain and Switzerland with Girona and Sion respectively.
For a player who was one of the most highly rated strikers outside of Europe during his prolific spell with CSKA Moscow, the Ivorian’s career hasn’t half gone downhill.