Late Wednesday night, Newcastle United secured their fifth signing of the summer in AS Monaco striker Emmanuel Rivière. The deal is reported to be for around €8 million and joins countryman Remy Cabella in the North East for the new season.
Rivière will be somewhat of an unknown for most Geordie fans, but his name has been around in Ligue 1 for about five years now. The 24-year-old made his debut for Saint-Etienne back in 2009 and his since played for Les Verts, Toulouse and Monaco.
After impressing for Saint-Etienne, he scored 16 goals over two seasons before Toulouse took him to the Stade Municipal for €8 million. However, it didn’t work at Le Téfécé. A mixture of injuries and inconsistencies meant his career failed to spark under Alain Casanova.
The player that attracted Toulouse is the same player that Newcastle United are getting three years later.
The most positive thing about the Rivière transfer is that he is still only 24, no matter what has happened before, Newcastle are still getting a player that is still young and wants to learn.
He is blessed with excellent pace, loves to run in behind the defence and has a decent touch in and around the box. Where Rivière lets himself down is with consistency.
Just when you think he was turned the corner and is coming into form, he goes missing and looks like the shadow of a player that he should be.
In the season just gone, after four games he had scored five goals, but the end of 2013 he had eight goals in the league, but a spell of seven games without a goal saw him finish the season with 10.
If at the start of the season, anyone had predicted 10 goals for Rivière, you would have been impressed. However, after the great start he enjoyed you would have expected the striker to score at least 15.
Rivière has declared that it is a dream come true for him to play in the Premier League, and if he wants to keep his dream alive he is going to have to find some consistency or it could all become one big nightmare on Tyneside.