Why John Carver should pick Armstrong over Riviere against Swansea

Newcastle United should start with Adam Armstrong over Emmanuel Riviere against Swansea City this weekend.

The Shields Gazette is reporting that John Carver plans to use Emmanuel Riviere in Newcastle United's match against Swansea City this weekend, but there are surely better options for him in their current squad.

Carver wants to go with two up front because he feels that Ayoze Perez has been isolated in recent matches, but the 50-year-old boss may be picking the wrong man to put his faith in.

Riviere has been a disaster in his first season in English football. The powerful forward was brought in to lead the Magpies' attacking line this season, but he has proven himself to be well short of the quality required.

On the pitch he has looked lethargic and wasteful, and he has rarely threatened throughout his time at St. James' Park.

It means that Riviere is still searching for his first Premier League goal and, because of this severe lack of form, his potential inclusion looks to be a mistake.

Newcastle don't have a wealth of striking options, but they do have Adam Armstrong waiting in the wings and the youngster deserves an opportunity more than Riviere. 

Armstrong will be at Newcastle for the foreseeable future - something which cannot be guaranteed with Riviere - he still has room to develop and he has constantly shown his ability for the club's development side.

By picking a struggling centre-forward over him, Carver would be sending out entirely the wrong message, and he needs to show more faith in his youth.

Armstrong may not be capable of being a regular starter for Newcastle at this moment in time, but he is the best option that Carver currently has and the boss needs to give him a chance, if he intends to switch to a formation that includes two up front. 

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