Gary Neville slams Newcastle United’s new £14m pair

Remy Cabella

Gary Neville says that Newcastle United’s Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere have failed to make an impact at St. James' Park.

Gary Neville has slammed Newcastle United's summer signings, with Remy Cabella and Emmanuel Riviere taking the brunt of his criticism.

The duo, purchased from Montpellier and Monaco in France respectively, have failed to hit the ground running since moving to England, and Neville believes that they need to start stepping up. 

"They have brought in Riviere and Cabella, who have not adapted to this league," he wrote in his Sky Sports column. “There is a higher risk attached to those types of signings than there is with players who have already been here, settled and done it over a period of one to three years."

Neville was speaking after Newcastle's most recent defeat to Stoke City last night. The Magpies went down 1-0 to the Potters and, as a result, they are still searching for their first three points in what has been an awful start to the campaign.

The pressure is building on the squad to start delivering, as they are currently stuck in 19th position and fears of relegation have crept in. 

The thought was that Riviere and Cabella would add the class needed to fire them club up the table, but it has had the opposite effect.

Alan Pardew's men looked toothless up front against Stoke last night and their struggles in front of goal are a major concern. 

The French pair have shown that they have quality in Ligue 1, but they look lightweight in England and were on the periphery throughout their time on the pitch last night. 

It has led to them coming under scrutiny from supporters and pundits alike, and they will now need to silence these critics by improving their displays.

The French duo's first chance to do this will come against Swansea City next weekend and if they fail to do so the atmosphere around St. James' Park threatens to turn even more hostile. 

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